British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have flown to Portugal amid claims they are planning to make arrests.
Police in both countries confirmed that a meeting had taken place in Faro after Scotland Yard sent an international letter of request linked to its own inquiry.
Portuguese and British police are running their own investigations into what happened to the little girl, who disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007 aged three.
The Daily Mirror claimed the UK officers are trying to trace three suspected burglars spotted in the area where Madeleine vanished.
The discussions are believed to have centred on getting local officials to sanction the arrests and questioning of the suspects, the newspaper reported.
Mobile phone records reportedly revealed that the gang repeatedly called each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared.
Scotland Yard said it has not yet made any arrests and that officers have visited Portugal a number of times in the past 18 months.