Top dollar in Gould's future
SUPERSPORT United have told suitors to stay away from captain Morgan Gould as the bidding war for his services looks likely to ensure a new South African transfer record.
The 29-year-old central defender is being sought by Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, and is expected to command a record fee when he moves from the club at the end of the season.
But with the championship in their sights, United have closed down all discussions on his future until such time as the season is over, officials said.
The club is in line for a league and cup double with a key match last night against Orlando Pirates and a Nedbank Cup semifinal at the weekend against AmaZulu.
Officials have said they do not want Gould, or the rest of the team, to be distracted by negotiations over his future.
But once the season is over a frenzied bidding war is expected to erupt for the player most sought-after by the three big-spending teams in the Premier Soccer League.
Chiefs are leading the race, having put in a bid for R5million, but Sundowns are expected to force that figure up.
Pirates are likely waiting first to see if they win the league trophy and qualify for next year's African Champions League, in which case Gould will be sought to partner Siyabonga Sangweni in defence, given that captain Lucky Lekgwathi is ageing.
Any deal for Gould would almost certainly be the highest fee for an individual player, held at the moment by Anthony Laffor, whose transfer from SuperSport to Sundowns cost Patrice Motsepe R5million.
Motsepe paid Ajax Cape Town R4,5million six months earlier for Clayton Daniels.