Pirates net Chinyama
ORLANDO Pirates are learning it is tough to earn a handsome purse as league champions - the transfer fees demanded of them for targeted players keep going up and up.
But their bid to sign Zimbabwe international Takesure Chinyama has finally proven successful with the player arriving in Johannesburg after extensive negotiations at the weekend.
Zimbabwe reports said Pirates and Zimbabwe champions Dynamos haggled over a transfer fee of between $150000 (about R1.3-million) and $120000 (about R1-million) before concluding a deal. The player is set to be unveiled in the next few days and that means Pirates can continue, without pressure, negotiations around the possible purchase of Tokelo Rantie, whose Swedish club want R2-million for his services.
Pirates have baulked at the price put on Rantie's head, even though the 21-year-old has just become a Bafana Bafana international.
Chinyama, who scored after just two minutes on Sunday in the Zimbabwe "clasico" between Dynamos and their Bulawayo rivals Highlanders, previously played in Poland where he finished joint top scorer in the league during his time at Legia Warsaw. He has netted nine goals in 12 matches for Dynamos this season, making him the form player in Zimbabwean domestic competition. Pirates have identified Chinyama, who turns 30 in September, as a suitable partner for Benni McCarthy in attack and sent Stanley "Screamer" Tshabalala to do the deal last week.