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Cape Town City closest to signing Pule Ekstein amid Orlando Pirates links

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Only Cape Town City have made a formal offer for former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Pule Ekstein, SowetanLive reports.

The 29-year-old was released by Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the conclusion of the 2018/19 season, and has been strongly linked with his former side’s biggest rivals Orlando Pirates.

However, in what was a busy day on Monday in terms of transfers for the Buccaneers, Ekstein was not one of the seven players unveiled by the club, who have signed at least three players capable of filling in his preferred position.

The player’s agent Palesa Mkhize revealed to the publication that discussions with the Soweto giants have never been as advanced as those with the Mother City outfit.

So far‚ City are the only club that has approached us formally for Pule’s services but nothing has been signed yet‚” Mkhize said.

“He wasn’t there (when Pirates unveiled their new players on Monday) for sure.

“But it was no surprise to us because we’ve never agreed anything with Pirates despite all the stories linking Ekstein with them.

“The team that we have tabled our demands to in terms of the salary package and everything‚ is City. We are now awaiting for their response.”

Palesa Mkhize

Ekstein came up in the Chiefs development sides before being promoted to the first team in 2015 at the age of 24.

The player enjoyed a breakthrough season in the 2018/19 campaign, but could not agree a new deal with the club with his contract set to expire in June 2019.

He made a total of 97 appearances across competitions for the Glamour Boys, netting seven goals before his departure.

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