SPORTING LISBON: Deal For Paulo Henrique Falls Apart. Marius Niculae Returning. Bruno Pereirinha Heading To Lazio.

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Primeira Liga, Sporting Lisbon, Transfer Window
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Trabzonspor forward Paulo Henrique will not be joining Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season, as reports indicated Tuesday. Henrique had reportedly worked out personal terms that would have seen him join Os Leões and just needed to pass a physical with the club.

Maisfutebol has confirmed that Trabzonspor new manager Tolunay Kafkas has vetoed the loan deal. Kafkas took control of the club on Tuesday.

The player’s agent Frederico Pena told Radio Renascença that the deal fell apart because of ‘bad luck’ and ‘timing.’ Pena added that Sporting did not seize the opportunity to sign the player, while the old manager Şenol Güneş was still in control.

“Sporting is a much bigger club and more high profile than Trabzonspor. It really isn’t Sporting’s fault, but instead a case of bad luck. It is most unfortunate for Henrique. He had already committed to Sporting, and was very excited to come to Portugal,” Pena added.

In other Sporting news on Tuesday, A Bola is reporting that Romanian striker Marius Niculae is returning to Alvalade in a one and a half year deal. He played with Sporting between 2001 and 2005.

Also, the club formally announced on their website that they have terminated the contract of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Pereirinha. He is expected to join Italian-side Lazio. Pereirinha has not played for the senior club this year.

Italian media reports indicate that Sporting should still receive a cash payment of 2 Million Euros for Pereirinha. The 24-year-old joins a growing list of Portuguese players in Serie A that includes full-back Nelson who signed this week with Palermo and Salvador Agra who was loaned to Siena.


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