Sundowns eye Usuthu striker

Posted: 18 January 2019 Time: 09:45

KickOff.com understands that Mamelodi Sundowns are trying to sign Argentine striker Emiliano Tade from AmaZulu, in a swap deal that would involve Bongi Ntuli.

Sundowns are set to have a foreign spot open, as Toni Silva is expected to make a move to Al-Ittihad in Egypt. Silva has struggled to break into the team since joining Sundowns and the defending Absa Premiership champions have agreed to let him go, which would make space for Tade to join.

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Ntuli is currently on loan to Usuthu and the Brazilians want to offer the big striker to the KwaZulu-Natal outfit on a permanent basis, in a deal to have Tade at Chloorkop.

According to a source close to both clubs, Sundowns are ready to offer Ntuli plus cash to bring Tade on board.

“There has been talks on the management level, but nothing is finalised yet,” said the source.

Usuthu, though, could be reluctant to let the player go during the current transfer window, because they are fighting to avoid relegation.

“If the deal doesn't happen during the current transfer window period, it will happen at the end of the season with AmaZulu still trying to survive relegation,” said the source.

Downs coach Pitso Mosimane has confirmed that he admires a striker belonging to one of the KZN clubs, but did not want to reveal the identity of the player.

“There is a nice one I like somewhere in KZN. The coach has already warned me to stay away,” said Mosimane. 

Tade, who joined Usuthu from New Zealand outfit Auckland City, has been one of the best signings this season, making an instant impact in the PSL. He has scored six goals in all competitions and has two assists.

Sundowns don’t have a striker who is scoring regularly at the moment, so they see him as the answer upfront. 

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Article by: Ernest Fakude

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