Jali’s English Admirers Revealed
KV Oostende’s South African midfielder, Andile Jali, has reportedly attracted interest from England, with Leeds United now being revealed as his admirers.
It was reported earlier this week that the 26-year-old had become a target for an English Championship side, however, the identity of the club was being withheld at the time.
Now, according to reports in the Belgian press, it is Lucas Radebe’s former club, Leeds, who have shown an interest in bringing the Bafana Bafana international on board as they look to recover from their poor start to the 2016/17 season.
Gary Monk’s side have just one point from their opening three games, and will be eager to bolster their squad further if they are to climb their way back up the table.
It was originally thought that Oostende would be reluctant to sell the player, however, voetbalprimeur.be are reporting that while ‘Jali has regularly shown his talent, for now he is too erratic’, suggesting that they may be willing to let the former Orlando Pirates man go.
One major sticking point, should Leeds pursue their interest in the ex-Buccaneer, is the British work permit rules that state a player has to play for a country inside FIFA’s top 50 (Bafana are 64th) to qualify for one automatically.
Jali may be able to gain access to a work permit through the appeals process depending on the transfer fee, his wage etc. but the chances could be slim.
Leeds have a history of South African players at the club, having previously had the likes of Radebe, Masinga, Davide Somma and, famously Albert Johanneson, on their books.