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Bobby Motaung responds to calls for Erasmus

Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung has refused to rule out a possible late swoop for Kermit Erasmus, whose future at Mamelodi Sundowns is expected to be decided today.

Erasmus has been the topic of plenty of speculation after he fell out of favour at Sundowns, with the club also handing his jersey number to new signing Marcello Allende.

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The 32-year-old former Orlando Pirates striker has been linked with a potential return to the Buccaneers and Cape Town City, while Amakhosi fans have also called on the club to make a move for the diminutive attacker.

Kermit Erasmus

“Unfortunately, the technical staff and everybody has to put their heads together and find out if there’s a need or how many similar players do we have to him or do we need a different type of striker,” Motaung told Thabiso Mosia on SAFM Sport On.

“So, those are things that become technical. I understand everybody wants everything they want – they want this one, they want Kermit Erasmus, they wanted somebody from Egypt [Percy Tau] – it’s normal because they’re wishing well for the club.

“But unfortunately sometimes these things are not that easy, you have the technical staff, people analysing things and come up to us and say, ‘This is a need, this is what we need and this is where we feel that we need to beef up.’

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“So those decisions are not taken by me alone, we sit down and we analyse it.”

Asked whether the financial factor may be an issue, he added: “Money is an issue everywhere, when Chiefs wants a player, you know the price changes. It goes up, it changes but money is also a challenge of course because it becomes an issue.

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“But if there’s a need for a certain position, we negotiate. It’s a two-way street, the club must be prepared to sell, and we must be prepared with the price, so it’s a two-way street.

“Sometimes clubs don’t want to sell and they obviously don’t negotiate in good faith; sometimes they do because they value the player the way they value themselves, and it also depends on how much we value the player.

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“So, it’s a tit-for-tat thing, it’s not an overnight decision to say we don’t want to buy, it’s about calculations – how do you calculate and value the player.”

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