Ndlovu offered deal

Staff Writer

ZIMBABWE skipper Peter Ndlovu was still thinking over a deal thrown his way by English first division outfit, Stoke City, yesterday, easing speculation over the tearaway striker’s future.
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Stoke manager Tony Pulis confirmed Ndlovu was considering the contract the Potters had offered him.


“Peter has been made an offer and gone away to think about it,” Pulis was quoted by online publications as saying yesterday.


Ndlovu has been training with Stoke since he was offloaded by Sheffield United this week, but sat out the Potters’ 1-0 victory over Spanish giants Valencia on Wednesday.


Details of the deal offered Ndlovu could not be established, although Pulis stopped short of criticising Stoke directors for failing to make funds available to attract good signings.


“The chairman has been as good as gold. He and the directors have a budget, and I respect that,” Pulis acknowledged, according to the Sentinel.


“But we have found it difficult to compete for players and must find a way to attract them. For a manager that’s frustrating . . . We are all desperate to improve. Can we make the next step up? Financially, we are finding it very difficult.”


Speculation has been rife Ndlovu could settle at South African giants Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns, who have been desperate to land the 31-year-old hitman.


However, Pulis was keen to have Ndlovu putting pen to paper as early as possible to allow him the chance to sign any other player should the Zimbabwean star turn down the offer.


The English first division league kicks off next weekend.

Neither Ndlovu nor his personal manager, Winston Makamure, could be reached to shed more light on the deal at the time of going to print.


The Warriors captain has been a hit at Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield United, where he netted 29 goals in 130 starts since his move from Highlanders as a raw teenager in the early 1990s.