By Craig Scott

17th Nov, 2021 | 6:10pm

Leeds United and Tottenham in hunt to sign Basel goal machine Arthur Cabral

Leeds United are among a number of teams who are interested in signing Basel centre-forward Arthur Cabral, according to TeamTalk.

The news outlet claims Victor Orta looked into signing the 23-year-old goal machine in the summer but at the time, gaining a work permit would have been unlikely.

It is understood that since then, multiple clubs have joined Leeds in the hunt for Cabral. Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and Brighton have reportedly watched the Brazilian striker this season while UOL claims Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Porto, Southampton and Fiorentina are also keen.

Goal machine

It’s unlikely that Basel will play and Cabral doesn’t get on the scoresheet.

This season, the former Palmeiras striker has averaged basically a goal every game, netting 23 times in 24 appearances across all competitions.

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Basel are top of the Swiss Super League as it stands and also on course for qualification from their Europa Conference League group.

That’s no surprise when you have a striker as prolific as Cabral in the squad – and Leeds would benefit for someone of his finishing ability too.

Of course, there’s a massive step up from playing the likes of Servette and St Gallen in Switzerland to coming up against teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.

However, Cabral is only 23-years-old and is likely to continue improving in the coming years.

The fact that so many other good teams are looking at him is telling but it also suggests that there may be an agent out there who’s simply trying to drive up interest in his client.

Either way, you cannot look at Cabral’s goalscoring record this season and not be excited by the prospect of him coming to Leeds.

He’d be a great addition to the squad but would he come to play as a back-up striker behind Patrick Bamford?

Probably not.

In other Leeds United news, this star player may complete a “dream move” from Elland Road in January with a club favourites to sign him.