Gavin Hunt is understood to have immediately turned his attention to finding a long term successor for captain and veteran goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, the Siya crew has been reliably informed.
The new Kaizer Chiefs coach is a known admirer of Brandon Peterson, who has also recently been on the radar of their Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates, though the Buccaneers appear to have made Richard Ofori their priority.
Khune, 33, has been ravaged by injuries recently and was forced into making an appearance for Amakhosi in the bio-bubble following Daniel Akpeyi’s head injury with two crucial matches to go in the tense Absa Premiership title race with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Peterson was unable to help Bidvest Wits stay in that championship chase as he, too, was recovering from an injury.
The 26-year-old joined Wits in July last year from Ajax, but had been a target for Mamelodi Sundowns and, recently, Pirates.
With the Clever Boys now officially sold and relocated to Venda, his agent, Lance Davids, had told the Siya crew prior to the purchase that it was unlikely the highly rated goalkeeper would move to Thohoyandou.
They were exploring a possible move abroad, he said at the time. But Davids was unavailable for comment on the latest developments.
Indications are that Hunt, appointed Chiefs coach last month, has earmarked Peterson as a long term successor to the injury prone Khune.
Peterson, who was competing for the number spot at Wits with Ricardo Goss, made 19 appearances under Hunt at Wits in all domestic and international competitions, earning a Bafana Bafana call-up in the process.
Goss has since joined Sundowns, and Siya sources have suggested a big move to Chiefs – who are awaiting the outcome of their FIFA ban – could be on the cards for Peterson.
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