Siphiwe Tshabalala likely to be offered deal by Crystal Palace
Posted: 15 January 2012 Time: 11:46
Reports in the UK claim Siphiwe Tshabalala is set to be offered a deal at English Championship side Crystal Palace.
The 27-year-old Bafana Bafana vice-captain returned to South Africa on Saturday morning having completed a week's trial in south London.
And according to the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, Tshabalala was told that Palace will launch a bid to sign him on a free transfer at the end of the season just before he boarded his flight on Friday evening.
Agent Jazzman Mahlakgane refused to confirm the story, although he did say Chiefs are unlikely to stand in the player's way if he is offered the chance to move to England.
“I can't confirm anything at the moment,” he tells KickOff.com. "It's true that Shabba is now back in South Africa but we are now waiting to hear from Palace.
"Chiefs understand that he has wanted to play in Europe for a long time and there would be no problem if we had to wait for the summer because it would give him the opportunity to say goodbye to the club properly."
Tshabalala went on trial at Nottingham Forest last year. He would join compatriot Kagisho Dikgacoi at Selhurst Park if the move goes ahead.