Fulham are trying to hijack Nani’s loan move to Sporting Lisbon as Bryan Ruiz prepares to take a medical which will rubber stamp a switch to PSV Eindhoven.

Cottagers coach Rene Meulensteen wants to strengthen his squad as they face an uphill fight to stay in the Premier League following Saturday’s devastating defeat at home to fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Nani is considered one of the fringe players unable to make a further impact at Old Trafford and Manchester United manager David Moyes is happy to unload him along with Anderson, who is bound for Fiorentina, and Wilfried Zaha who will be loaned to Cardiff City.

Fulham will clear room in their first team squad by allowing Costa Rica midfielder Ruiz, 28, to join PSV until the end if the season when a permanent move will be discussed, according to the Evening Standard.