Kaizer Chiefs withdraw from race to sign European defender

Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly abandoned their pursuit of Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Djordje Cosic.

Cosic is currently on the books of Bosnia and Herzegovina champions FK Borac Banja Luka, with whom he has already played for in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, but he was sensationally linked with a move to the PSL with Kaizer Chiefs.

Kaizer Chiefs withdraw interest in Cosic

The 25-year-old is a towering left-footed defender who can play at fullback and in central defence but Kaizer Chiefs have passed on becoming Cosic’s first club outside of his homeland. He is a first team regular with Borac Banja Luka, featuring 31 times in their triumphant 2020/21 season, and he has experience of the Champions League and Europa League tournaments.

Kaizer Chiefs reportedly made contact with the club to discuss a possible transfer move for the promising defender and went as far as discussing the figures that would be involved in bringing him to Naturena.

It seems that Kaizer Chiefs interest in Cosic cooled once the Soweto Giants secured the signature of Njabulo Ngcobo from Swallows, after having earlier also agreed to sign Bafana Bafana defender Sifiso Hlanti.

While Cosic would offer Kaizer Chiefs versatility at the back they already have Mulomowandau Mathoho, Daniel Cardoso, Siyabonga Ngezana and now Ngcobo as options in central defence, while Yagan Sasman, Philani Zulu, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Hlanti will try to make the left back role their own.

Kaizer Chiefs have been keen on a number of naturally left-footed players during the window, identifying this as an area in which they could strengthen, and they even trialled Sao Tome and Principe international Jardel Nazare, going so far as to give him a medical, but the dismissal of Gavin Hunt appeared to derail that deal, and it seems Stuart Baxter is looking at other avenues to reinforce this team for a Premiership push.

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