Sporting Lisbon: Mihajlovic named as club's new manager

New Sporting Lisbon manager Sinisa Mihajlovic says his first objective for the troubled club is to "do better than last year".

A group of 50 fans reportedly attacked players and staff in May, after the club missed out on a Champions League place on the final day of the season.

Nine players have terminated their contracts in response to the incident.

One of those - Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who is in Russia for the World Cup - joined Wolves on Monday.

Serb Mihajlovic, 49, replaces Jorge Jesus, who left the club on 6 June.

He has previously managed six Italian teams, including AC Milan, and Serbia's national team.

Three of Patricio's Portugal team-mates - William Carvalho, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes - have also left Sporting, as have Ruben Ribeiro, Bas Dost, Daniel Podence, Rafael Leao and Rodrigo Battaglia.

The players wrote to the club citing "just cause" following the attack at Sporting's training base on 15 May, five days before they lost in the Portuguese Cup final.

In April, president Bruno de Carvalho claimed to have suspended 19 first-team players after a Europa League defeat by Atletico Madrid, although he deleted the post on social media and most of the players featured in their next game.

Source: BBC NEWS

Sporting Lisbon reject West Ham's claim of record William Carvalho bid

Sporting Lisbon communications chief Nuno Saraiva has disputed West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan's claim that the Premier League club made a club-record bid for midfielder William Carvalho.

In an article on the West Ham website reflecting on the transfer window, Sullivan said Sporting had rejected an approach for the Portugal international "a couple of weeks ago". The offer was reported to be in the region of £27million.

Sullivan said Sporting had then been back in touch just ahead of the transfer deadline to try to push through the deal, which the West Ham joint-chairman said "was just too late in the day" and had left not enough time to put the player through "adequate medical checks".

Sporting communications director Saraiva refuted that version of events, in a post written in Portuguese on his Facebook page, and challenged Sullivan to provide evidence to back up his claims.

"Mr David Sullivan is lying. No proposal arrived for the player William Carvalho," Saraiva said.

"Mr Sullivan has a duty to prove what he says. For this reason, Sporting Clube de Portugal challenge him to publicly show the proposals he says have been made, as well as the evidence that Sporting CP has received them."

Press Association Sport contacted West Ham for a response to Saraiva's remarks. The club declined to comment.

Sullivan also said in his transfers review that both Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches had been "offered to the manager before their switches elsewhere" but that manager Slaven Bilic "told us that he is happy with the squad he has".

Krychowiak went to West Brom and Sanches joined Swansea.

West Ham brought in England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a loan deal from Manchester City over the summer, as well as securing permanent moves for Pablo Zabaleta, Anouar El Mhassani, Sead Haksabanovic, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez, the former Manchester United forward.

The Irons have lost all three of their opening Premier League matches and are bottom of the table.

West Ham did, however, move into the third round of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win at League Two side Cheltenham.

Source: PA

Sevilla set to sign Zeegelaar

Sevilla are set to complete the signing of Sporting Lisbon left-back Marvin Zeegelaar in a €3m deal, according to reports in Spain.

El Desmarque report on Wednesday morning that the 27-year-old Duthman is now set to arrive in Spain and complete his move to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The move will see competition provided for Sergio Escudero after the Andalusian club failed to complete a move for Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa with the Frenchman failing his medical.

Sporting defender Zeegelaar can operate in the left back roll or has been tried and tested in a more advanced role on either wing.

Born in Amsterdam of Surinamese descent, Zeegelaar finished his development Ajax, making his senior debut in 2008 against Volendam in the Dutch Cup.

In January 2011, he would be loaned out to Excelsior, before moving to Espanyol on a four year deal.

His time with the Spanish club would not go well though, playing mostly for the B team, before securing a move to Turkish side Elzigspor and then Blackpool in the English Championship.

Moving to Portugal in 2014 with Rio Ave, the youngster began to find his feet and was quickly signed by Sporting, penning a three and half year deal.

Source: La Liga News