SuperSport United have changed their transfer plans after Thabang Monare indicated a strong preference for one of the big Soweto teams.
Matsatsantsa were planning to replace their former captain Dean Furman with Monare, but the player apparently has his heart set on a move to Kaizer Chiefs.
SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews says he did not even attempt to directly speak to Monare because they were told he prefers a move to Naturena.
"When we enquired about the player Monare from Bidvest Wits, we were informed that the player had an interest in playing for Kaizer Chiefs," Matthews tells KickOff.com.
"And who can blame him for that if it's true? It was only an enquiry and it never went further than that."
Bobby Motaung cannot sign any new players for the next two transfer windows unless FIFA suspends their transfer ban until their September appeal is heard, or they are successful in that appeal.
The SuperSport boss does not rule out another attempt to sign Monare if Amakhosi's ban is not overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"Depends on the terms but he is a good player and we would be interested in boosting our midfield," he confirms.
Asked if there are any other players from Bidvest Wits he is eyeing for next season, Matthews is not shy to share his intentions.
"Cole Alexander," he replies. "Experienced cover for Dean. I have to see if TTM retain him, then we can talk."
If a return to SuperSport materialises for Alexander it will not be the first time the Capetonian dons the blue and white having joined the club back in 2016 from Polokwane City.
"We had Dean [Furman], Yeye [Reneilwe Letsholonyane] and he [Alexander] was third choice [back then]," Matthews explains as to why they let Alexander leave in the first place in 2018.
Four high-calibre players register highest on Chiefs' radar at the moment in the hope that their transfer ban will be lifted