Chiefs transfer move collapses

Premiership

Hungarian forward Filip Holender’s proposed move to Kaizer Chiefs has collapsed after Partizan Belgrade turned his loan into a permanent deal on Friday.

Holender has been on loan from Swiss club FC Lugano until the end of the season but the Serbian giants have activated the option to sign him on a permanent deal.

Reports coming from Serbia state that following weeks of negotiations, Partizan have agreed on the transfer of Holender.

"Because of the good games he has provided since his arrival at Partizan until today, FC Partizan used the clause to buy the contract of player Filip Hollender," reads the statement from FC Partizan.

A return of nine goals plus four assists in 23 league games means the Serbian have been satisfied with what he has given them in his first season.

Chiefs have been following the 26-year-old for the past month after his name was thrown into their shopping basket.

The Hungarian’s package was within what AmaKhosi are already paying to at least three of their players so he was within reach of their budget.

Amakhosi have already dipped their hands in the market for reinforcements for next season with their transfer ban up at the end of what has been an awful domestic campaign which has left them in the bottom half.

Holender is a Hungarian international with 14 caps and has won the league in Hungary where he was the league’s top scorer in the 2018/19 season at Budapest Honved.

He was loaned to Belgrade by Lugano at the beginning of the season after spending just a season with the Swiss club.

His links to the PSL come after the success that was enjoyed by Serbian forward Samir Nurkovic in his first season which has since prompted Mamelodi Sundowns to sign Slovakia international Pavol Safranko.

Serbian winger Aleksander Cavric has also been a subject of interest to PSL clubs in recent weeks with another two players from Eastern Europe set to arrive in the next transfer window. 

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