Downs are ready to sign Alexan­der

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Mamelodi Sun­downs have stepped up their pur­suit of Polok­wane City mid­fielder Cole Alexan­der, who they see as an ideal re­place­ment for Bon­gani Zungu.

Zungu will leave the Chloorkop side at the end of the sea­son to join Por­tuguese side Vitória de Guimarães on a two-year con­tract.

The Brazil­ians have moved swiftly to court the 26-year-old City mid­fielder.

Af­ter sign-on fee and salary, it is be­lieved he could set Downs back about R3 mil­lion.

Al­though the Sun­downs web­site quoted club chief ex­ec­u­tive Sizwe Nz­i­mande say­ing they were look­ing for a South Amer­i­can mid­fielder, City Press can re­veal Alexan­der is on the verge of clinch­ing a deal with the Brazil­ians. The par­ties are close to agree­ing terms.

Ac­cord­ing to the Brazil­ians’ web­site, Nz­i­mande said the club had al­ready found a more than suit­able re­place­ment for Zungu, as they have a South Amer­i­can mid­fielder lined up to join the side in the next trans­fer win­dow.

Alexan­der’s con­tract with City is com­ing to an end in June and Sun­downs are in pole po­si­tion to land his sig­na­ture.

The Brazil­ians are bat­tling it out with neigh­bours Su­per­Sport United for the sig­na­ture of the Cape Town-born mid­fielder. He has also been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs.

A Sun­downs in­sider said ne­go­ti­a­tions were at an ad­vanced stage and was con­fi­dent the deal was im­mi­nent.

“We are al­most there in terms of agree­ing terms. He has told us what he wants and our man­age­ment is work­ing on it,” said the in­sider.

With Sun­downs also likely to lose Khama Billiat and Kea­gan Dolly, Alexan­der is seen as a ca­pa­ble re­in­force­ment to the side, hence they stepped up their pur­suit.

He will come in handy to com­ple­ment vet­eran Teko Modise, who is not show­ing signs of age.

The for­mer Ajax Cape Town and Vasco Da Gama mid­fielder has been the force be­hind City’s suc­cess in the two sea­sons he has been with them.

Mean­while, en­ter­pris­ing Bid­vest Wits mid­fielder Phaka­mani Mahlambi has at­tracted the in­ter­est of Span­ish gi­ants Atlético Madrid, among other clubs.

City Press can also re­veal that Madrid sent its scout to watch the 18-year-old na­tional Un­der-23 star dur­ing the Stu­dents’ game with Mpumalanga Black Aces last Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior Wits of­fi­cial.

“Yes, they at­tended the game. They wanted to see him in ac­tion. We have been get­ting calls about him but the coach has made it clear that it is still early for him to move over­seas,” said the in­sider.

Mahlambi won Player of the Month for Novem­ber and De­cem­ber af­ter his ster­ling per­for­mances for the Stu­dents.

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