Pirates have shown appetite to beef up their team despite the uncertainty brought about by Covid-19.
ORLANDO Pirates are favourites to land the services of SuperSport United hitman Bradley Grobler, Independent Media has been informed.
The 32-year-old was in a rich vein of form before the coronavirus halted the Premier Soccer League (PSL) action in March. In 21 appearances, Grobler netted 12 league goals and contributed two assists.
The Buccaneers have been after his signature for some time. Independent Media have gathered that SuperSport are now prepared to lose him.
“Pirates have contacted his agent (Sean Roberts) enquiring about the situation of Grobler. SuperSport are prepared to sell him because of this pandemic. All that is left now is for Pirates to engage SuperSport and then they can start the negotiations,” a source explained.
Pirates have shown appetite to beef up their team despite the uncertainty brought about by Covid-19. They have already agreed to sign defenders Thulani Hlatshwayo and Deon Hotto from Bidvest Wits.
The Buccaneers expect to lose Zambian international attacker, Justin Shonga, who has been enticed by Portuguese outfit Maritimo.
Grobler will be an ideal replacement for Shonga. If he does end up at Pirates, he will compete against Malawian international Gabadinho Mhango and Tshegofatso Mabasa for the starting berth up front.
SuperSport chief executive, Stanley Matthews, hinted that he is waiting for Pirates.
“I haven’t had a formal approach for the services of Bradley. I haven’t received anything and therefore there’s nothing for me to say,” Matthews stated in an interview with Independent Media.
Grobler is the son of former Moroka Swallows marksman, Les Grobler. His agent, Roberts, denied that he has been contacted by Pirates.
“Bradley is a SuperSport United player. No, it is not true (that we’ve been contacted by SuperSport). He is still contracted at SuperSport,” Roberts explained.
Meanwhile, SuperSport are also expected to part ways with Aubrey Modiba who has reportedly agreed terms with Mamelodi Sundowns.
At the start of the week, Matthews stated that they are open to selling Modiba to Sundowns. Sundowns have been enticing Modiba for the past 24 months and it seems they are set to finally get their man.
SuperSport who is being forced to sell their top players due to the financial implications of Covid-19, are likely to bring back Jeremy Brockie to plug the gap should Grobler leave. The New Zealand international is now free after leaving Sundowns. He made his name at SuperSport before moving to Sundowns where he failed to live up to expectations.