Man United ready to open talks for 25-year-old Sporting Lisbon star

Sporting Lisbon defender Cristiano Piccini has reportedly attracted interest from both Manchester United and West Ham United.

Piccini made a total of 32 appearances during his first year at Sporting, but the right-back has allegedly been left unsettled by the recent attack on the squad’s players at the training ground.

According to, that has resulted in the 25-year-old being open to an exit over the summer and both United and West Ham are said to be considering an approach.

United have already signed Diogo Dalot from Porto, but it remains unclear whether the youngster will be used regularly this season, while the Hammers have brought in Ryan Fredericks from Fulham.

The report claims that Besiktas have put forward a loan bid with the option to buy, but Sporting would prefer a permanent sale should Piccini leave the club.

Meanwhile, the Red devils have completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Grant from Stoke City on a short-term deal.

The 35-year-old had his medical at the club on Monday after United agreed a £1.5million fee with the Potters. Jose Mourinho wanted Grant to provide back-up for David De Gea and Sergio Romero as he plans to send youngster Joel Pereira on loan to gain experience.

Grant made just three Premier League appearances for Stoke last season and he admits it’s a dream come true to sign for the Red Devils.