Transfer tussle looms

2013-12-29 10:00

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With a few days to go before the start of the January transfer period, there are all kinds of rumours doing the rounds about which player will go where. Timothy Molobi takes a look at the possible transfer targets

Starting from next week, most Premier Soccer League teams will be in the market for players after some indifferent results in the first half of the league campaign.

SuperSport United seem to be the busiest ones at the moment.

After pipping Kaizer Chiefs to the post for the signature of Lebogang Manyama, United are also in pole position to bring Lehlohonolo Majoro on board.

They are also on the verge of signing Clayton Daniels from Bloemfontein Celtic.

A United insider said they wanted Daniels for their CAF Confederation Cup campaign which starts in February.

The insider said there could be a straight swap deal with Chiefs with Majoro going to the Tshwane side and George Maluleka going in the opposite direction.

But, said the source: “The snag is that while the player wants to go to Chiefs, his adviser wants him to join Sundowns, so it’s still touch and go at the moment.”

He said Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela could make a sensational return to Matsatsantsa a Pitori.

Sundowns are keeping a close eye on Platinum Stars’ Robert Ng’ambi who has already helped the North West side win the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout titles this season.

Chiefs are also looking to bolster their squad as they have a tough schedule ahead.

The defending Absa Premiership champions, who went to the Christmas break on top of the log, will start their CAF Champions League campaign against Namibian side Black Africa next month.

But if Chiefs want to be serious contenders for the title race, they need to make some new signings and the transfer window can help them.

After missing out on the speedy Ajax Cape Town winger, Manyama, Chiefs will do well to get a midfielder to complement Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala.

They have been linked with Moroka Swallows striker Edward Manqele, who is on loan from Sundowns.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said he would recall Lincoln Zvasiya from his loan spell with Greek outfit OFI Crete.

Orlando Pirates are also searching for a central defender and a striker.

They are rumoured to have signed a Mozambican striker, Helder Pelembe.

Pirates have been plagued by injuries to their defenders with Bafana’s Siyabonga Sangweni still in the casualty ward.

AmaZulu have already signed Nhlanhla Shabalala on a three-year deal from Ajax.

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