While Rodgers was also on the wanted list of Mamelodi Sundowns, the Brazilian's appetite for a scorer wassatisfied by the signing of Edward Manqele from Free State Stars.
Pirates, who are bolstering their ranks in preparation for the defence of their three domestic titles, have also not given up on Zimbabwean striker Benjani Mwaruwari who seems likely to join rivals Bidvest Wits this week.
But Bucs will probably lose out on their bid to sign Mwaruwari, who will not only be assured of more game time at Wits but is also likely to adapt quicker at a club that also has the presence of three other Zimbabwean international players.
Orlando Pirates spokesperson Mickey Modisane was not forthright when asked about the progress the club has made in roping in a quality striker to their ranks.
"I am not in a position to comment on that [Rodgers' anticipated move to Pirates]," Modisane says.
"The club will release a statement if we make further signings. I cannot deny or confirm that the club has talked to Mwaruwari," adds the Bucs spokesperson.
However, KickOff.com understands that Rodgers, who scored 12 League goals last season, is on Irvin Khoza's shopping list as the club braces for another tough campaign that will also see them taking part in next year's CAF African Champions League.
The League Champions are eager to rope in Rodgers as they look to reinforce the team's attacking options, which are also being threatened by the lack of clarity surrounding the future of Bongani Ndulula.
While the unsettled Ndulula might not complete his much anticipated move to Golden Arrows, the young striker has made clear his intentions of moving to a club where he will get more playing time.