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Thu Apr 24 18:36:44 SAST 2014

Ljungberg to join Buccaneers?

TEAMtalk Media | 25 January, 2012 15:240 Comments
Orlando Pirates press conference
Irvin Khoza introduces new player Louis Boa Morte during the Orlando Pirates press conference at Fli Afrika on January 24, 2012 in Johanesburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Orlando Pirates midfielder Luis Boa Morte could soon be joined in the Premier Soccer League by former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg.

Boa Morte signed for Pirates this week and has since admitted he was swayed to make the move after speaking to his good friend Benni McCarthy.

Now 34-year-old Ljungberg, who plays for Shimuzu S-Pulse, could be the latest big-name signing to be on his way to the PSL after both Boa Morte and Bucs boss Irvin Khoza revealed he was close to "finalising discussions" on a new player.

Boa Morte told the New Age: "I did my research as soon as Benni told me about the South African league. I think the PSL is improving.

"Many leagues in the world aren't as good as the PSL. Even some of my good friends have expressed an interest in coming here. I also heard that Freddie Ljungberg was interested in coming to South Africa."

Agent Jazzman Mahlakgane was also reported on the newspaper's website as saying: "The only thing that may stand in the way is finances but let's see what happens.

"I've sent it (enquiries) to a few big clubs and the signs are not negative at all. (Mamelodi) Sundowns have already said no but there are a few clubs in South Africa who may be interested."

Ljunberg signed for the Japanese club six months ago on an 18-month deal.

Former Manchester United striker Manucho, who scored the winning goal for Angola in their African Nations Cup opener with Burkina Faso, is apparently also keen on a move to South Africa.

Boa Morte added: "I personally had a talk with Manucho, who is a good friend of mine, and he told me he would be interested (in coming here)."

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