Report: Sporting fail to sign Norwich City's Ricky van Wolswinkel, negotiate for Fulham's Kostas Mitroglou


Sporting Lisbon are reported to be in talks to sign Fulham’s Kostas Mitroglou.

According to a report in the Portuguese paper A Bola, Sporting Lisbon are looking at tying up a deal for Fulham’s Kostas Mitroglou by Monday after missing out on Norwich City’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The Portuguese giants have turned to England in order to bolster their team this summer, having already completed a deal for former Fulham attacker Bryan Ruiz.

Norwich City flop Ricky van Wolfswinkel, a former Sporting player, was the club’s intended target after the Dutchman’s torrid debut campaign in England culminated in a loan move to France last season.

However, it appears a deal couldn’t be struck with the Canaries and as an alternative, Sporting have gone in for Fulham’s Mitroglou, where reports state a loan deal is extremely close.

“Sporting are in talks with Fulham’s Kostas Mitroglou, an operation they want to complete by Monday. Sporting must pay a loan fee of around £720,000 with a purchase option. The 27-year-old was not a priority for the Lions, but came about after the failure to sign Ricky van Wolfswinkel,” A Bola report.

Will Fulham regret allowing Kostas Mitroglou to leave?

The 27-year-old attacker joined Fulham in a big-money move in January 2014, arriving with an impressive CV having notched 17 goals in 19 matches for Greek champions Olympiakos.

However, he couldn’t save the West Londoners from relegation as he struggled to adapt to the Premier League, making just three appearances and struggling with various injuries.

Instead of remaining in the Championship, he headed back to Greece where he again found the net with regularity, scoring 16 league goals in 24 matches.

He is undoubtedly a top player and could form a devastating strike partnership with Ross McCormack, yet English football doesn’t seem to agree with him and a transfer is arguably the best option all round.

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