Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs reportedly turned down the chance to sign SuperSport United's David Mathebula in the recent transfer window.
Mathebula has fallen down the pecking order at United, with Reneilwe Letsholonyane's arrival adding to a central-midfield department that already contains the likes of Dean Furman, Dove Wome, Cole Alexander and Michael Morton.
The 33-year-old has often been regarded as one of South Africa's most natural talents in his position, but it seems he has sometimes failed to live up to that promise.
His ability did shine in the 2011/12 season for Moroka Swallows when he bagged 10 league goals, as Gordon Igesund nearly led the Dube Birds to the Premiership title.
However, earlier in his career he spent seven largely unproductive years at Chiefs despite on occasion producing a few cameos that spoke of his undoubted ability.
Nonetheless, the 33-year-old was said to be close to re-joining the Glamour Boys in August after talks were held between Matsatsantsa and Chiefs.
With that said, Soccer Laduma report that the deal did not materialise after coach Steve Komphela came to the conclusion that Mathebula would not add much more value to his squad.
The publication said: "Komphela decided that it wouldn’t be worth the player’s while given that - like Stuart Baxter (at SuperSport) - he also couldn't see a place for the player."