Ajax: In talks to sign McCarthy

2013-01-05 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Ajax Cape Town have started negotiations for the services of Orlando Pirates star Benni McCarthy.

The soccerladuma.co.za website says McCarthy is in the last six months of his contract with the Buccaneers, which means that Ajax are within their rights to talk to the player and agent for a pre-contract.

Soccer Laduma sources have confirmed that Pirates have yet to indicate whether they would want to extend McCarthy’s contract, and the player is keen to secure his future as soon as possible.

When McCarthy first came back to South Africa from English Premier League side West Ham United at the end of the 2010/11 season, it was with the intention of signing for Ajax.

But after he began training with the club, the management dragged their feet about offering him a deal and

Pirates swooped to sign the forward.

McCarthy went on to enjoy a great season with the Buccaneers last term, helping them lift a second consecutive treble.

This season he has not contributed as much after being sidelined with injury for a long period.

If Pirates are to retain his signature, they will have to act soon, as the Urban Warriors are determined to get their man.

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