Mighty Mukuru Wanderers are closing in on signing Blue Eagles striker Gaddie Chirwa despite late interest from rivals Nyasa Big Bullets to snatch the youthful forward.
As of Tuesday, the Nomads were in pole position to sign the striker-cum-winger but Bullets joined the race in an attempt to snatch the player.
Sources said the player had agreed personal terms with Wanderers after snubbing Bullets.
However, the source said Wanderers were yet to agree on transfer fees with Chirwa’s club, Eagles.
His agent Sammy Chirwa confirmed Tuesday that both Bullets and Wanderers had shown interest in signing the player.
“At the moment, Gaddie is a Blue Eagles player but anything can happen. However, I can confirm that talks with Wanderers have reached an advanced stage as over 80 percent of the stuff has been agreed. ,” he said.
Wanderers Coach Mark Harrison reportedly made Gaddie as one of the primary targets as he embarks on a rebuilding exercise ahead of next season.
The Nomads have already signed strikers Mphatso Kamanga (from Karonga United), Christopher Kumwembe (from Civil Service United), defender Emmanuel Nyirenda and goalkeeper Dalitso Khungwa from Mighty Wakawaka Tigers.
Wanderers Company Secretary Chancy Gondwe and Chairperson of Commercialisation Clement Stambuli were not readily available for comments Tuesday.
Though still raw, Gaddie has proved good player having scored 11 goals in the TNM Super League in the just ended season.
The former Chithenche United player can play as winger or a striker.
However, Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said they were not interested in the player.
“This is untrue. We will engage owners of the players we want at an appropriate time,” Chigoga said.
In an interview, Eagles Chairperson Alexander Ngwala said there was nothing concrete.
“Wanderers asked for permission to speak to the player and we granted them. But they did not come back to us,” Ngwala said.
The two Blantyre giants are the busiest teams on the market.
Meanwhile, Silver are interested in Eagles striker Christopher Gototo. The Bankers have not signed any player.