English Premiership club Newcastle United are believed to have joined the fast-growing list of overseas clubs courting Orlando Pirates' midfield star Teko Modise.
Sowetan understands The Magpies have already approached Modise's agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, with a view to luring the gifted midfielder to St James' Park next season.
Attempts to solicit comment from United's press officer Mark Hannen were unsuccessful.
Strugglers West Bromwich Albion are another English Premiership club who have inquired about the Bafana Bafana star. But it is unlikely Modise would join the Baggies who are likely to be relegated to the Championship (the English First Division) next season.
Mahlakgane could not be reached for comment yesterday. But our deep throats insist the two club have shown interest in Modise.
"But United are the ones who are likely to beat West Bromwich to the signature of the player," said our sources.
"We expect them to give Jazzman an offer any time soon. They are also eager to have a look at Teko as a matter of urgency."
Meanwhile, England striker Jermain Defoe will rejoin Tottenham Hotspur from Portsmouth after the Premier League clubs agreed a fee on yesterday.
Tottenham said on their website Defoe, who spent four years at White Hart Lane before moving to Portsmouth for £7,5 million (about R67 million) less than a year ago, had agreed personal terms for the move, which is subject to a medical. - Additional reporting by Reuters