Deadline day decisions for Downs

Colombian striker Leonardo Castro will land tomorrow morning at OR Tambo Airport after flying in from Bogota via Europe.

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Castro’s situation at Chloorkop is still hanging in the air, with the club yet to register him as they keep chasing their primary target Jeremy Brockie, who might well take up the fifth and last foreign spot at the club.

There have been whispers indicating the Brazilians will be open to loaning out Castro if they land the New Zealand forward from SuperSport United.

With a year remaining on his contract, Castro is, however, said to be uninterested in a loan move as that will mean he again returns to Chloorkop next year as contracts are frozen when a player moves out on loan from Sundowns.

Castro, who is now into his last season with Sundowns, has been on extended leave back home in Colombia following the birth of his son – who was delivered on Friday.

Kaizer Chiefs are said to be hovering on the horizon with an eye on the 28-year-old.

Then also simmering at Chloorkop is the possibility of Khama Billiat leaving, with Amakhosi again said to be keen.

However, for Chiefs to land Billiat they will have to pay a hefty transfer fee as the Zimbabwean is still under contract at Chloorkop, while he would also be expected to be made one of the highest earners at Naturena.

Zimbabwean forward Cuthbert Malajila is also the subject of interest from at least two local clubs, as is Mogakolodi Ngele.

Malajila and Ngele have applied for permanent residence permits which would allow them to play as non-foreigners in the new season.

Having already registered four foreign players in new Ghana keeper Brimah Razak, Fares Hachi (Algeria) and the Ivorian pair of Bangaly Soumahoro and Yannick Zakri, Sundowns have only one space open.

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