According to reports in the Portuguese publication A Bola, Sporting Lisbon are extremely confident of completing a €2 million deal for Fulham attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz.
The Costa Rican international joined Fulham from FC Twente for a big-money fee on transfer deadline day in August 2011, a deal which brought about plenty of excitement at Craven Cottage.
However, Ruiz failed to replicate his wonderful form in Holland with the 2012/13 Premier League campaign being his best at the club, scoring five goals.
Following the club’s relegation to the Championship, Ruiz was expected to leave with only 12 months on his contract remaining but instead stayed, making 32 appearances last season.
With his contract running out, as per the Mirror the Whites triggered a clause in his contract meaning he can be sold this summer, rather than walking away for free.
And the West Londoners’ decision looks to have paid off as reports in Portugal claim Lisbon-based giants Sporting are to complete a deal for him this week.
The 71-capped international star is in need of a new environment whereas Fulham likewise will see the deal as a positive move as they concentrate on a busy summer ahead.
The Craven Cottage outfit disappointed in their attempts at an immediate return to the Premier League and boss Kit Symons will be hoping for a much better campaign in his full first season in charge.