Agent Mike Makaab has confirmed that there was some interest from Mamelodi Sundowns in defender Nkosinathi Sibisi, but Orlando Pirates pushed more for the deal to get over the line.
Sibisi signed a three-year deal with the Soweto giants from Golden Arrows, with a two-year option in the contract.
The 26-year-old defender was tipped as a potential replacement for Ricardo Nascimento at Sundowns, but Pirates showed the major interest, according to Makaab.
Sibisi and Tapelo Xoki, from AmaZulu, were announced not long after the Buccaneers confirmed the departure of central defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, who is a target for SuperSport United, as reported by the Siya crew.
"Sundowns were interested at one stage. Don't forget Manqoba (Mngqithi) worked with Nkosinathi, but so did Mandla (Ncikazi). So they both know the player very well. But in all honesty, the major interest came from Orlando Pirates," Makaab told the Siya crew.
"I am a firm believer in a player joining a football club that wants his services. I don't believe in pushing too hard. That's always been the way I operate. It's the way we operate we work as a company. The best deals is where the club has identified that player as a potential addition to the squad and it's always easier to work with a club under those circumstances. I don't like marketing players. Players market themselves by how they perform week in and out on the field."