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Bafana midfielder Dikgacoi to train with Fulham

South Africa international Kagiso Dikgacoi is jetting out to Australia to join Fulham's pre-season training camp.

The Golden Arrows midfielder had a successful Confederations Cup, featuring in all five of South Africa's games, and has also interested Portsmouth.

But Cottagers' boss Roy Hodgson has stolen a march on his rivals by inviting Dikgacoi to prepare with his side ahead of the forthcoming Premier League season.

Fulham have been tracking the 24-year-old since last summer but question marks reportedly remained about his work permit due to his limited international appearances.

Dikgacoi's current club confirmed the news on their official website.

A statement on the Arrows site said: "Golden Arrows captain and Bafana Bafana central midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi has been invited to train with Fulham Football Club in Australia, where the team is training and preparing for their pre-season. We wish him the best."

Earlier, Dikgacoi's agent had dismissed claims he was set for a trial at Portsmouth.

Mike Makaab said: "I've not heard anything from Portsmouth. Kagisho is a top player who has played a lot of international matches for South Africa. But there has been no contact from Portsmouth about him.

"I get on very well with [Portsmouth chief executive] Peter Storrie and I would have thought he would have rung me if they were interested. Fulham have been very interested, but have yet to take things to the next level.

"There are other sides from Russia, Germany and Portugal who are keen. He is a permanent fixture in the national team and is now looking for the right move. I've yet to sit down with his club and discuss a fee, but I'm sure it will be reasonable. He would be suited well to the Premier League."


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