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Orlando Pirates are fuming that agent Rob Moore agreed terms with them for the transfer of Lance Davids only to take the player to SuperSport United.
This was after it transpired in the early hours of the morning yesterday that the Bafana Bafana defensive midfielder had joined United.
It came as a shock as Pirates were going to book a flight for Davids to arrive in the country yesterday from Sweden where his deal with Djurgardens IF is over.
Pirates were certain that Davids was coming to Parktown until the end of the season after Irvin Khoza, Bucs' chairman, and Moore reached a deal on Wednesday.
"It's in bad taste, very unprofessional because we had already signed an agreement with Rob on Wednesday," said Khoza.
"Up until we signed the agreement, he never mentioned to me that there were other clubs interested in the player.
"If Rob made it clear during our discussions that there were other horses in the race for Lance, I would have withdrawn from the start."
Pirates only became aware of Davids' transfer to United just after 7am yesterday when their staff members arrived at their offices in Parktown.
"An e-mail from Rob was sent to our offices at 12.30am this morning [yesterday] to say Lance has joined United.
"It's really upsetting, we feel we've been used," Khoza said.
"Rob really wanted us to sign the agreement urgently. We signed the agreement and sent it back to Rob, but what happened is unethical."
Sowetan has reliably learnt that United came up with a highly improved offer after being made aware that Bucs were close to snapping up Davids.
Representatives of United went to Imtiaz Patel, SuperSport International's chief executive officer, who gave them the funds to sway Moore.
Sowetan was also shown a text message from Moore to Khoza, which read "It's a deal", which would perhaps explain the confidence of the Pirates officials.
Davids was going to net R90000 a month at Pirates, excluding bonuses and other benefits offered by the club to its employees.
Moore could not be reached for comment but he assured Khoza in an e-mail announcing the transfer of Davids to United that he had negotiated in good faith.
"Ivan, I feel really bad that we have not been able to see this matter through to conclusion - but I have been 100 percent honest with you as to the circumstances that arose and the decisions that have had to be taken," reads the e-mail in part.