Cape Town - Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen says that the club have
entered into negotiations with Orlando Pirates, with the view of loaning a
number of their players.
Abafana Bes'thende occupy sixth position in the Premiership
table and will look continue their impressive form in the second half of the
campaign, potentially aided by bringing in a number of Pirates players on loan.
Bucs caretaker coach Augusto Palacios has often fielded a
familiar starting line-up for the Soweto giants this season, leaving a number
of new signings and squad members sidelined.
As a result, Arrows have revealed that they will look to
raid the Mayfair-based outfit for players that are out of favour in a bid to
strengthen their squad.
"I know my chairlady (Mato Madlala) has been talking to
Orlando Pirates," Larsen told Goal. "I can’t divulge any names
because you know that there’s a lot of competition for players.
"So, I can’t divulge any names in terms of who we are
talking to because it might lead other teams to certain players and you’ll end
up losing out on a player."
Larsen also revealed the club's plans to assess forward
Mauricio Barrios, in addition to running the rule over two foreign strikers.
"We are having a look at a few foreign strikers and
hopefully by the time the window closes we should have a striker or two to
reinforce our front-line," Larsen added.
"Mauricio is back in Colombia now. The club is still
deciding whether to retain or release him. He has struggled to adapt to the
South African league.
"I think where he was playing in Venezuela, the game is
a lot more different. A lot slower. I think the pace of the game he struggled
to adapt to it and at this stage it looks unlikely that he will continue at the
club," he concluded.