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TRANSFER REVIEW: The Deals That Didn’t Happen

The Biggest Transfer Deals That Were Not Completed In July/August

By Soccer Laduma - Sep 09, 2017 05:56 PM

With the transfer window having slammed shut just over a week ago, we take a look at some of the biggest deals that failed to materialise, despite players being linked with moves elsewhere.

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Unsuccessful negotiations are commonplace in the transfer market and players’ importance to their clubs, transfer fees, personal terms, failed medicals and losing the race to other clubs all play a role in a player not signing his name on the dotted line with his would-be suitors. These are the most prominent deals that didn’t go through in Mzansi in the 2017 August/July transfer window.

Click through the images above to see which major transfer deals failed to materialise over the recently closed transfer window.

Jeremy Brockie

Brockie was linked with a move away from SuperSport United to Mamelodi Sundowns, amongst other clubs, with the Brazilians reportedly offering a large transfer fee in exchange for his services. However, the move failed to materialise.

Leonardo Castro

The Colombian’s future with Mamelodi Sundowns has been put under question for almost a year now. He was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates and to Kaizer Chiefs, but, when all was said and done, he remained as part of Pitso Mosimane’s squad.

Khama Billiat

With less than a year remaining on his contract, Billiat is still yet to agree to an extension and was linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and was even reported to head in the other direction after George Lebese joined the Brazilians from Kaizer Chiefs. However, with a potential move now off the cards until January at least.

Aubrey Ngoma

Mamelodi Sundowns made three bids for the Cape Town City winger, but the Mother City outfit made it clear that he was not for sale an turned them all down.

Jabulani Shongwe

Shongwe found himself out of favour with Gavin Hunt at Bidvest Wits and was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates, but ultimately ended up at Golden Arrows days before the transfer window closed.

Siphelele Ntshangase

The former Black Leopards midfielder, who’s widely considered as one of the finest talents in the country, has long been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, but, ultimately, Baroka FC jumped at the opportunity to secure his signature and he took to the field against Orlando Pirates just hours after commencing negotiations with Bakgaga.

Phakamani Mahlambi

Also considered as one of the finest young talents in the country, Bidvest Wits CEO, Jose Ferreira made clear that he would not negotiate with any local team for a potential transfer. A move to Egyptian giants Al Ahly was confirmed on Thursday and he has now become the first South African to play in Egypt.

Evans Rusike

Maritzburg United striker, Evans Rusike has been linked with a move away from the club for some time, has emerged as one of the club’s standout stars. He was previously linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs but was the subject of Orlando Pirates’ interest in the recently closed transfer window. However, the move never materialised and he remains on the books at the Team of Choice. He has also subsequently signed a new deal with the club.

Thulani Hlatshwayo

The Bidvest Wits defender, who was nominated for the 2017 PSL Player of the Year, was reportedly targeted as the ideal player to shore up Pirates’ backline. A move seemed unlikely and the links eventually dissipated and the Bafana Bafana star remains a key player in Gavin Hunt’s plans for the 2017/18 season.

Rivaldo Coetzee

The former Ajax Cape Town defender had all but completed a move to Scotland, with Celtic having agreed to a deal with the Urban Warriors. However, a foot injury saw him fail his medical and eventually Ajax allowed him to join Mamelodi Sundowns.

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Which of the above transfers do you think could still happen in the future?


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mboma2 Joined: 15 Jun 2017
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mboma2 Sep 11, 2017 12:13 PM
As long as bobby is still there we wont sign big guns so lets arry on losing our games
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mboma2 Sep 11, 2017 12:12 PM
We are just going to carry on and watch losing chiefs again tomorrow
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setlaboswana Sep 10, 2017 09:07 AM
@Realydoctor10, no problem mate
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Realydoctor10 Sep 10, 2017 08:52 AM
@setlaboswana "Ok i understand ur point bra!!
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setlaboswana Sep 10, 2017 06:41 AM
@Realydoctor10, my friend, Khoza didn't only sign those players, but also paid cash to sign them. If you can recall, he beat Downs to Mobara 'signature which left the power that be at Chloorkop very disturbed. I have noted your points.
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Realydoctor10 Sep 10, 2017 06:15 AM
@setlaboswana "Ja "khoza did sign players neh but they're not the material i like to see play for pirates maybe is the coaches plans than made them looked unbrilliant to Pirates
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setlaboswana Sep 10, 2017 06:11 AM
@Realydoctor10, that is not my point. You accuse me of lying when I said Khoza bought players last season. My question is, were those players I mentioned free agents? Answer my question.
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Realydoctor10 Sep 10, 2017 06:09 AM
I praised Pirates tehnicall team to wake up this season they must do lot of changes January i want to see khooza release cows and sign quality players like tyson,castro etc they can add others somewhere else an i want to see that Ugandain defender deal done as Micho wish him well sothat he will strengthened our defence
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Realydoctor10 Sep 10, 2017 06:01 AM
@setlaboswana"I'm mean khoza didn't sign players that fans are expecting to see at pirates players like Castro,Billiat,Percy and Tyson not this cheapline players u can't even call them quality they're quantity players this man or the problem is there at Pirates management becoz they don't know how to use this players they loan Chabalala and bench Norodien without injury and Kutumela didn't get game time the way fans was expected
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mudzimb4 Sep 10, 2017 03:52 AM
Celtic said no to injured player, yet Sundowns sign him with smile. Please Explain to me why so?
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T.Maputla Sep 09, 2017 09:59 PM
Eish Chiefs will never sign big players never they will always sing the same song but dololo
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 09:14 PM
@Realydoctor10, let's discuss football man. Were Justice Chabalala, Sello Japhta, Norodien, Mobara, Kutumela free agents?
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Always a way Sep 09, 2017 08:36 PM
Obviously Castro and Billiant will be leaving Downs in January citing deir contractual dispute with deir current employer and Zebbies will be monitoring deir situation closely to execute deir ussual wich is to sign free agents, Downs will try again to Acquire the services of Brockie and Ngoma in january as for Pirates i dont know what to expect hence dont rule out de surprise move from dem in catching one of big fish in de next transfere window
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Realydoctor10 Sep 09, 2017 08:28 PM
@setlaboswana "Did Pirates sign any player last season bra don't lie plc
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Realydoctor10 Sep 09, 2017 08:26 PM
Pirates must act like hungry team in Jan they must sort out all that mistake of not signing this quality players they was linked with them i want to see strong team
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THE NK Sep 09, 2017 07:10 PM
Yahhhh nehhh.
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setlaboswana Sep 09, 2017 07:09 PM
Khoza bought some players last season only for Bucs to finish the league race below 10. Yeah, this season the old man didn't entertain the thought of going into the transfer market. Someone might have teased him "what is the use of buying players and end up finishing the league on position 11 while your neighbours have done better with free agents". Seems like the Chairman is taking a different approach this season as rumour meal has it that Bucs have invited two kids to attend trials.

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