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Batista signs for Sporting

Fulham goalkeeper Ricardo Batista has signed for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

The Under 21 international had been at Craven Cottage for four years after signing from Vitoria Setubal, but he never managed to play in the Premier League.

He spent time on loan at MK Dons and Wycombe, but with just one-year left on his current deal manager Roy Hodgson has allowed him to leave.

Batista has been lured back to his homeland by Sporting as a replacement for Vladimir Stojkovic, who is currently on trial at Everton and is expected to seal a permanent move to Goodison Park.

Batista has signed a three-year deal after Sporting paid a nominal fee to Fulham for his services.

“It was a great surprise,” he told Sporting’s website.

“There were a number of clubs interested but agreement was reached with Sporting and it was good for me to come here.”

Batista signs new Fulham deal

Fulham goalkeeper Ricardo Batista has signed a contract extension tokeep him at the Cottage until the summer of 2009.

The 20-year-old,who spent last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers follows the lead of Antti Niemi who penned a two-year deal on Monday.

Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez is reported to be interested in signing an experienced shot-stopper to challenge Niemi, but is keeping Batista for the future.

Wycombe will drop Batista

Wycombe Wanderers have axed keeper Ricardo Batista from their side which will attempt to dump Premiership Fulham out of the Carling Cup tomorrow night – out of courtesy to their Premiership hosts.

Fulham loaned the Portuguese U21 international to Wanderers this season and, as a gesture of appreciation, Blues will leave the glovesman out of their line up as they attempt to spring a cup shock at Craven Cottage (ko 7.45pm).

Cottagers boss Chris Coleman did not issue any request to Wycombe to leave him out but the Blues took the decision themselves to maintain good links with Fulham.

Boss Paul Lambert said: “I won’t be playing Ricardo at Fulham. We’re doing it out of courtesy. They were really good letting him come here and I wouldn’t do that to them.”

James Young will step into his shoes instead.

Batista, who kept his fifth clean sheet of the season as Wanderers went top of League Two with a 2-0 win at Rochdale on Saturday, said: “I would have liked to have played but I understand why I won’t be.”

But that is where the favours will stop.

Wanderers travel to Craven Cottage confident they can cause an upset against a Fulham side who drew 0-0 at Spurs on Sunday and who entertain Chelsea on Saturday.

Wideman Kevin Betsy is detemined to give it a real go against his old club.

He played for Fulham when they were managed by Kevin Keegan under Coleman’s captaincy and this is his first time back at the Cottage.

He said: “It’s going to be a big night for me. I’m looking forward to seeing Chris Coleman again. He is a tremendous human being but I would love to put one over him.

“We think we can create an upset. We will go into the game with a lot of confidence and enjoy the night.”

Blues are without on-loan Scott Golbourne after his club Reading refused him permission to play, but on-loan midfielder Tommy Doherty is available following his arrival from QPR while Anthony Grant is back from suspension.

Lambert said: “Let’s be realistic. They are a Premiership club with a terrific manager and it is going to be really tough but in a one-off game you never know.

“Our lads will go there on the back of seven straight league and cup wins. There is no pressure on us.”

Batista joins Wycombe on loan

Wycombe Wanderers boss, Paul Lambert, has completed the signing of Premiership goalkeeper Ricardo Batista from Fulham.

The Portugal Under-20’s star played in a recent match for the Wanderers against Aldershot and Lambert said he was impressed with what he saw .

The Fulham youngster has joined the Wanderers on a five-month loan deal and is likely to be Number Um in front of Frank Talia.

Fulham confirmed in a statement that “young goalkeeper Ricardo Batista has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a five-month loan deal.”

Batista back at Fulham

Goalkeeper Ricardo Batista has left Milton Keynes and returned to Fulham after the conclusion of his loan spell.

The Portuguese Under-21 international joined the Dons in January and played nine games for the League One side.

The 19-year-old joined the Cottagers from Vitoria FC Setubal in the summer of 2004, but has only made one Carling Cup appearance for the London side.

He moved to the National Hockey Stadium following the departure of keepers David Martin and Scott Bevan.