AmaZulu missed out on signing the JDR Stars forward, Ishmael Wadi, not because the deal was hijacked by “imposters”, but due to the transfer fee demand from the Tshwane outfit, This Is Football Africa has learnt.
Usuthu, who signed a host of players, including former Orlando Pirates’ Gabadinho Mhango in the past transfer window, were determined to add Wadi into their squad before the transfer window closed.
The agreement was almost reached as the player was willing, and had already agreed on personal terms to join the KwaZulu Natal heavyweights.
However, according to this publication’s reliable sources, the Durban giants dropped out of the bidding for the Zimbabwean goal-poacher because in their opinion, the price tag was inflated.
“He was supposed to move, but the Chairman and AmaZulu didn’t agree on the fee,” a This Is Football Africa source said.
“He had already agreed on personal terms with AmaZulu, it was almost a done deal, I can say.”
The 28-year-old was a standout performer in the Stars squad last season, scoring nine goals in 29 matches.
This season in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, Wadi has already scored three goals in six appearances thus far.