Agent: Bidvest Wits open to selling reported Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates target Gerald Phiri Jr

13:16 SAST 2018/06/29
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The left-footed player, who scored the only of the match as Wits beat Pirates in a league clash in Braamfontein last season, has attracted interest

Bidvest Wits are open to selling reported Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates target Gerald Phiri Junior.

This is according to the Malawi international’s agent Paul Mitchell of Siyavuma Sports Group as Wits continue to revamp their squad ahead of the new season.

The Clever Boys have parted ways with players such as Ben Motshwari, Vincent Phiri and James Keene, and they have signed Bantu Mzwakali, Mxolisi Macuphu as well as Brighton Mhlongo thus far. 

Phiri Jr, who spent the second half of last season loan at Platinum Stars, has been linked with Gauteng giants Sundowns and Pirates. 

However, Mitchell confirmed that he is only aware of Sundowns’ interest in the player, but he stressed that ‘nothing is concrete at the moment.’

“There is interest but that is as far as it is just now. They [Wits] are open to doing a deal,” Mitchell said on Malawian publication, Daily Times. 

Recent reports have indicated that Sundowns were considering a swap deal which would see Zimbabwean striker Cuthbert Malajila move to Wits on a permanent basis. 

However, Wits have also been linked with Liberia international Anthony Laffor, who could be sold by the Brazilians this winter.

On the other hand, Wits have consistently been linked with Pirates veteran midfielder Mpho Makola, but it remains to be seen whether or not the two teams will strike a deal. 

Phiri recently returned to Wits for pre-season training after failing to help Dikwena survive relegation from the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Roger de Sa's side struggled in the PSL promotion/relegation playoffs and they were ultimately relegated to the National First Division (NFD). 

The defender-come-midfielder made 14 appearances for Stars in all competitions and netted two goals in the process. He left Wits for Dikwena in January 2018 having netted once in six league games. 

He joined Wits from Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League side Caps United in July 2015.