Stoke City enter race for Dikgacoi signature

With Kagisho Dikgacoi's contract fast approaching an end, English clubs continue to keep tabs on the South African's contract situation at Crystal Palace

A number of clubs are keeping tabs on Kagisho Dikgacoi's contract situation at Crystal Palace, with Stoke City said to be the lastest in the hunt for the South African playmaker.

Dikgacoi will be out of contract at the end of the season. With the possibility of landing Dikgacoi for nothing in the summer, a host of clubs are monitoring his situation, having already been linked to Leicester City, West Brom and Hull City.

Dikgacoi has also been attracting attention from outside of England, as German Bundesliga clubs look to make a swoop for the 29-year-old former Fulham midfielder.

The Bafana Bafana international first made a name for himself at Golden Arrows in 2005, before moving abroad to Fulham in London.

Stoke have made enquiries into the availablity of the burly midfield maestro in the past, but they look set to once again renew their interest in one of South Africa's finest exports.

After appearing only once for Fulham under Mark Hughes in the 2010–11 season, Dikgacoi was allowed to drop down a division and join Crystal Palace in February on a loan deal until the end of the season. He scored his first goal for Crystal Palace against Cardiff on 8 March 2011, before moving permanently to the Eagles on 4 July 2011 for a fee of £600,000.

He made his international debut in 2007, and since then has earned 54 caps, scoring twice. He played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and 2013, and at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.