Pirates close out Hlatshwayo deal


KickOff.com can reveal that Orlando Pirates have officially submitted an offer to Bidvest Wits for the services of long-term target Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Pirates have been chasing the Bafana Bafana defender for the longest time and now have their best chance of securing the move following unconfirmed reports that Wits are about to be sold.

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Despite Wits' denials about their PSL status changing hands, recent developments have allowed The Buccaneers to swoop for their man with negotiations understood to be at an advanced stage.

Wits are reportedly trying to ease their financial burden by releasing some of their highest earners including Elias Pelembe, Sifiso Hlanti and Hlatshwayo, according to a reliable informant.

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"Hlatshwayo is leaving," a source close to Wits confirms to KickOff.com.

"There are two clubs, Sundowns and Pirates, that are interested. But Pirates look like they will finally get him now unless something [unexpected] happens."

Pirates management is also understood to be serious about signing Maritzburg United goalkeeper Richard Ofori to add more steel to their defence. He too has been linked with Sundowns.

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The Ghana international's contract is set to expire at the end of next season, which could tempt the KwaZulu-Natal side to cash in during the off-season instead of losing him for free.

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