Chiefs were known to be very keen on bringing SuperSport United defender Luke Fleurs to the club early next year.
Rumours had even recently indicated that there was a strong possibility the two clubs could reach an agreement in the near future, with Fleurs currently in the final months of his initial agreement with SuperSport.
However, in an exclusive with SABC Sport, SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has instead confirmed that the club has retained the services of the young player, although there is an interesting clause that has been included in a new long-term contract.
“I can tell you that Luke has recommitted his future to SuperSport by agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year deal. It’s good news, and we have told the player we will not stand in his way if a good opportunity comes along,” Matthews explained.
In the latest reports from Soccer Laduma, it had been stated that the 22-year-old remained a priority target for Chiefs, and that veteran midfielder Cole Alexander could possibly even be offered in exchange for Fleurs.
Yet Matthews had made it clear that SuperSport didn’t want to short-change themselves when they still have 18 important league games to play when the season resumes.
Despite losing out on Fleurs, there have been clear indications that Chiefs could look to make a couple more squad additions in the next transfer window, with Amakhosi still far from the finished product.
Furthermore, Chiefs’ relative lack of depth in terms of strike-power has been exposed after an injury worry over Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, who has been carrying a considerable weight of responsibility on his shoulders.
On the striker front, further interesting reports have emerged to link Chiefs with Montenegro’s striker Boris Kopitovic, who is currently playing in the Singapore Premier League for Tampines Rovers.
Hungarian striker Balint Bajner, who has previously spent time at the likes of Borussia Dortmund and West Ham, has also interestingly been linked to Chiefs, while Bradley Cross has started training at Naturena, seemingly on trial with Kaizer Chiefs this month.