Orlando Pirates linked with AS Vita star

Orlando Pirates have been reported to be close to finalizing a deal for highly-rated DR Congo striker Jean-Marc Mundele Makusu from AS Vita Club.

The 28-year-old is believed to have already arrived in Johannesburg to complete a loan move to the Buccaneers, according to Congolese website Ouragan FM.

Makusu, who has previously played for Standard Liege in Belgium, has regular goalscoring experience in both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.

‘The star striker is already near Johannesburg where he will wear the colours of Orlando Pirates,’ reads the report from DR Congo.

Makusu was meant to sign for Moroccan club RS Berkane last year for a fee in the region of R7-million on a reported R500 000 salary after scoring more than 40 goals for AS Vita Club in 2018.

READ: Makusu prized away with R500k salary

However, the player suffered a double leg break in April 2019 that kept him out for several months, scuppering a deal between Vita and Berkane.

Efforts to get hold of Pirates official Floyd Mbele about the reports linking Makusu to the Soweto giants proved futile.

Pirates are currently thin up front and dealing with injuries to Gabadinho Mhango, Terrence Dzvukamanja, Tshegofatso Mabasa and Thembinkosi Lorch.

The Sea Robbers will play in the MTN8 final this season after beating Kaizer Chiefs 5-0 on aggregate in their two-legged semi-final.