Reports in Belgian sports papers suggest Club Brugge are set to launch a second bid for Orlando Pirates playmaker Thembinkosi Lorch in the upcoming transfer window.
Lorch was reportedly a target of the Belgian top-flight club in the off-season after a string of stellar displays for Pirates and Bafana Bafana in the 2018/19 season. The midfielder was named Absa Premiership Player of the Season last term and despite a stuttering start to the 2019/20 campaign is still on the Belgian Champions radar.
Lorch to leave Orlando Pirates?
Fellow Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau is on a season-long loan with Brugge from his parent club Brighton, who have been unable to secure a work permit for the attacker.
Tau has impressed at Brugge helping create memorable moments in the Champions League and scoring some spectacular goals in the league. Brugge have expressed interest in making the move permanent although Tau is reportedly still keen on a spell in the Premier League.
Brugge are believed to have offered Orlando Pirates close to R30-million for the services of the midfielder but their first offer was rejected.
Belgian football newspaper VoetbalNieuws claim the club, who parachuted out of the Champions League into the Europa League knockout stages, will renew their interest in the Sea Robbers most valuable player.
Voetbal24, suggests an opening bid of €2m (R31.5m) will be launched to the Buccaneers as Brugge coach Phillipe Clement looks to add something different to his squad.
Lorch is believed to be unsettled at Orlando Pirates and keen for a move abroad which he might have hoped for after a great showing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Since joining Orlando Pirates Lorch has played mostly on the wing or just behind the frontline. Lorch has yet to score or register and assist for Pirates in the league this season appearing in just nine of the side’s 14 league matches this season.
Orlando Pirates head into the new year in fifth place on the Premiership table fifteen points adrift of league leaders and rivals Kaizer Chiefs. With 21 goals in the league so far the club are second when it comes to goals scored, but they have been held back by allowing 20 to fly into their own net.
Brugge are allegedly keen to eliminate some disruptive elements from their squad and Lorch is seen as an ideal and affordable replacement.