Feature: Who could end up in Orlando Pirates books in January?

Pirates coach Roger de Sa confirmed on several media platforms that the door is always open for quality players, and Goal senior writer Ernest Makhaya investigates possible targets

With the PSL transfer window opening in January, Orlando Pirates is on the lookout to add a few more players to their current squad, after a long season of football.

The quality and amount of reinforcements will depend on participation in the next Caf Champions League, which Bucs need to enter if they win the competition.

Then there's no small matter of the PSL title to better fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs and compete with the rising threat of Sundowns and SuperSport United. Pirates will be tempted to go into the market and possibly rotate some players to remain fresh.

The Sea Robbers are reportedly eyeing Platinum Stars forward Mogakolodi Ngele who also plays as a midfielder. He was thought to be heading to Parktown just before the start of the season, but his proposed move did not materialize.

Ngele’s acquisition could give Daine Klate competition in a position that he has owned since arriving at Pirates, and many feel the former SuperSport United man has done well, although competition brings the best out of individuals.

Roger de Sa has been in search of a central defender, and having failed to sign Paul Koulibaly, Pirates are likely to sign a foreign centre-back to try and bring stability in their defence.

They are currently relying on Rooi Mahamutsa, Lucky Lekgwathi and Siyabonga Sangweni. However, Bucs also have Bheki Nzunga who has been used sparingly in the absence of the above mentioned central defenders.

The Buccaneers could also be tempted to add Sundowns striker Katlego Mphela to shake up their misfiring strikeforce. It has been confirmed that Mphela is leaving Sundowns, although Pirates could wait to sign him as a free agent in June 2014. However, other PSL teams could react quicker to sign the player if Bucs drag their feet in January.