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SuperSport United need to bring in at least two quality players, says Eric Tinkler

12:24 AM GMT+8 26/01/2018
SuperSport United, Eric Tinkler
Matsatsantsa are in the market for quality players as they look to revive their season

SuperSport United are closing in on a few new faces, according to head coach Eric Tinkler.

Matsatsantsa are currently quite thin with the likes of Cole Alexander, Jeremy Brockie, Keegan Ritchie and Dove Wome all having left the club during the January transfer window. This has left SuperSport in a precarious situation particular upfront where they are struggling for numbers, and with their current misfortunes in the league, there is certainly a need to bring in fresh talent.

Nonetheless, speaking at a media open day held at SuperSport’s training base in Sunninghill, the 47-year-old stated that the club are hard at work looking to bring in players and could soon welcome at least one new addition before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

“We have to (sign new players),” Tinkler told the media.

“We are thin at the moment. We are very thin. Obviously, a striker (is priority), right now we have Kingston (Nkhatha) and a young boy Darren Smith (who are fit), and that’s too much pressure to put onto the young man to be honest,” he lamented.

“We are fairly close (to signing a new player), I don’t want to mention names yet because like I said that process is still in negotiations and I don’t want things to be changing last minute and I look like an idiot because I told you this one is coming in and it doesn’t happen," he explained.

However, Tinkler was quick to dispel any suggestion that SuperSport were about to pounce on their cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns’ star attacker Khama Billiat.

“No, that I can guarantee you Khama Billiat is not one of them. We don’t have blank cheque books here,. We need to bring in at least two quality players," he said.

But Tinkler did hint that SuperSport may need to look beyond South African shores for new blood due to the exorbitant price tags placed on local players.

“The problem with the local market is it has become extremely expensive. It is the harsh reality, and I question whether those players are actually worth that kind of money, and like I said to you, we simply run on a budget,” Tinkler explained.

“We got to be very clever in terms of who we bring in and how much we spend on that player,” he added.