Chiefs up their hunt for a new number nine

Local has gathered that Kaizer Chiefs have stepped up their bid to refresh their attacking options with a reshuffle of their forward line looming for the new season.

Informing reaching this website is that Chiefs are pressing hard in their hunt for a new number nine, and such is their seriousness that they have even made a budget available for a transfer fee.

AmaKhosi have avoided going deep into their pockets in recent times preferring to sign out of contract players.

However, this time they have stretched their wings globally with different agencies submitting options from all over the world.

At least three agencies have been contacted while they have also taken input from the head of their technical team Stuart Baxter. 

This website has seen some of the names of foreign strikers submitted from the continent and Eastern Europe but with Chiefs spending a transfer they want the best option.

They have asked for a striker who is on double figures on the scoring charts in consecutive seasons. 

Of concern to Chiefs is that Samir Nurkovic is the only striker who has been in double figures for them in the league through the last eight years.

This season they have relied on Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly for goals but the pair are more effective playing off a number nine.   

Based on Chiefs’ search it is evident that they will be offloading the bulk of their forwards.

Zambian forward Lazarous Kambole’s destiny at Chiefs is in the grave having failed to justify why he should be kept longer than the three years that he has already spent at Naturena.

He has played just twice this season and has two goals from 42 appearances in his time at the club.

Kambole has been on the transfer list since the beginning of the season with no takers and will walk away on a free upon the expiry of his contract in June.

Also set to leave is Colombian striker Leonardo Castro whose injuries have become a concern.

None of his six appearances have been full shifts this season and went out with a muscle strain in his last appearance.

His contract expires in June and has been at Chiefs since January 2018 with little success after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs are weighing up the option of keeping Samir Nurkovic who is in the last year of his contract though he has an option of a further year.

The Serbian is yet to score this season in nine appearances having been disturbed by injuries.

Both Castro and Nurkovic are big earners at the club. 

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