Fulham are in pole position to sign Portuguese left back Ruben Vinagre on a season-long loan from Sporting, according to reports from his homeland.

O Jogo claimed this morning that Vinagre was poised to move back to the Premier League after being deemed surplus to requirements this term by Lions manager Ruben Amorim. Vinagre, who spent five years with Wolves and won promotion from the Championship in his first season at Molineux, is keen on returning to England and is believed to be interested in working with Marco Silva, who added to Fulham’s Portuguese contingent by signing his Sporting team-mate Joao Palhinha earlier this month.

Silva is eager to add a new left back ahead of the Whites’ return to the top flight, with doubts over the defensive capabilities of both Antonee Robinson and Joe Bryan. Vinagre, a former Portuguese under-21 international, made 69 appearances for Wolves but was largely second choice following the signing of Johnny Otto and spent the last three seasons on loan with Olympiakos, Famalicão and Sporting.

The 23 year-old wing back, who signed for Sporting on a £9m deal last month as part of his loan from Wolves, made 18 appearances for the Lions last season and is looking for regular first-team football. O Jogo also names Nottingham Forest as interested in his services, but Steve Cooper’s side are already well-stocked in both wing back positions.