Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns are reportedly plotting a bid for Orlando Pirates defender Patrick Phungwayo, who is entering the final six months of his contract.
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Phungwayo, 27, has emerged as a target for Pitso Mosimane's team, although the Bucs are unlikely to allow the left-back to join one of their main rivals in the January transfer window.
However, Pirates will be powerless to stop Phungwayo from joining Sundowns at the end of the season if he allows his contract to expire.
An unnamed source told goal.com: "The club is monitoring his situation at Pirates, there's no doubt that he's a great player and can be a good acquisition for Sundowns."
Phungwayo is currently nursing a knee injury which he picked while on international duty with Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
It was initially feared that he would be out of action for up to three months, although subsequent MRI scans have revealed that the injury was not as serious as was initially thought.
While he will not feature for the national team again at the 2015 AFCON, Phungwayo is expected to return to training in two to three week's time.