Standard Liege make a third bid for Tlou Segolela
Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 8:38 pm
Tlou Segolela's agent has revealed Standard Liege have returned with a third bid that is ‘very close' to Orlando Pirates' asking price for the Bafana Bafana winger.
The Belgian side have already had two offers for the 23-year-old turned down by The Buccaneers as they attempt to lure him to the Jupiler League. But agent Tim Sukazi believes their qualification for the Europa League on Thursday has given Jose Riga's side the financial muscle to persuade Pirates to sell Segolela. "Standard Liege are very serious about acquiring Segolela and they have improved tremendously on their bid," he tells KickOff.com. "I'm not at liberty to divulge any figures at the moment but it's now up to Pirates to decide. They have indicated what they want and Liege's new bid has got closer to that number, very close." "I think what motivated them to improve in the way they have done is their qualification for the Europa League. But we should know more over the weekend – either this matter will still be alive or it will die" Sukazi adds. Segolela is expected to feature for Julio Leal's side in Saturday's MTN8 clash with Mamelodi Sundowns. Sukazi admits his client is excited about the prospect of moving overseas but knows the transfer will depend on Pirates accepting the offer. "He's very calm. Every player wants to play in Europe ultimately but Tlou knows he has to remain professional because it might or might not happen," he says. "He wasn't for sale in the first place so any interested party knew they would have to make a big offer but Standard Liege have not been shy in doing so."