United desperateto sign elusive Leintjies

2010-08-18 00:00

WITH the transfer window deadline set to expire in two weeks’ time, Maritzburg United have not given up their fight with Ajax Cape Town over the services of talented midfielder Kurt Leintjies.

They have, however, decided not to sign unsettled Mamelodi Sundowns utility player Dereck Spencer.

United desperately need Leintjies, one of their best players during the last campaign while on loan from Sundowns, as coach Ernst Middendorp builds a strong team who will play competitively in the 2010/11 season.

United have agreed transfer-fee terms with Sundowns, but the stumbling block has been the player’s personal demands.

United chairperson Farouk Kadodia said they have not given up on the player, adding that they will move mountains if need be to obtain the signature of the Cape Town-born midfielder.

Leintjies himself recently made it known that his heart is with United. Ajax are believed to be also courting the player.

United believe that bringing Spencer on board would not be ideal given that he has lascked game time for months.

The former Kaizer Chiefs player failed to make the team last season and was relegated to the transfer list along with a host of other players.

“It would take him [Spencer] about six to eight weeks to get into fitness rhythm and the coach felt it wouldn’t be ideal to have him as his players are close to reaching the peak he wants them to be in,” said Kadodia.

The fast-talking chairperson also revealed that the club is awaiting the outcome of trials of a Zimbabwean striker who has trained with the club and was asked to report back home.

The striker is lined up for trials in Tunisia and if he fails to make it, he may be invited again for further assessment.

Former Ajax Cape Town and ex-SA under-20 defender David Booysen is the latest addition to Middendorp’s squad. Orlando Pirates striker Siphelele Mthembu is also United’s target, although nothing has been finalised.

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