Western Province have made a multi-million rand offer to Springbok centre Wynand Olivier to move to Cape Town, a newspaper reported.
According to Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, Olivier has received an offer close to R2-million to leave the Blue Bulls when his contract expires in October.
Olivier, who was called up to the Springbok squad last week after an injury to Adi Jacobs and played as a substitute in the 28-19 win over the All Blacks in Bloemfontein, is set to join Jaque Fourie at the big spending Province side. Olivier cancelled a meeting with the Bulls on Monday after he was called up to the Bok squad, but is due to meet them this week to discuss his future.
WP have already lost Springbok Jean de Villiers to Munster and are looking for a replacement for the Bok star. According to Bulls business manager Ian Schwartz, they have spoken to Olivier about his future and expect an answer soon.
“We have made him an offer,” Schwartz said, “But we respect the fact that he is at the Springboks and we will wait for him to make a decision.”
According to the newspaper, the offer was confirmed by three different sources.
However, there is no certainty about the future of Springbok Bryan Habana, who has been linked with a move to France.
French club Tolouse is the favourite to win his services, Sondag reported, while Bayonne and Toulon are also in the race.
Habana’s father Bernie, who was at the forefront of the Bakkies Botha court case last year, is negotiating on behalf of the winger.
The Bulls also denied that the Du Plessis brothers – Springboks Bismarck and Jannie – are on their way to Pretoria. “We think they are wonderful players but there is no truth in the rumours that we are negotiating with them.”Tweet