Plymouth eyes Bhasera

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Former Portsmouth hopeful Onismor Bhasera is on the verge of signing for Plymouth Argyle.

Plymouth have already applied for a work permit for the hard-tackling defender and are hoping to be able to call on the Zimbabwe international anytime soon.

An independent tribunal will hear Plymouth’s application on behalf of Bhasera who has been training with the championship club. The 23-year-old Mutare-born former Kaizer Chiefs defender has made 13 appearances for Zimbabwe.

The left-back also played 51 league games for South African club Kaizer Chiefs between 2007 and 2009.

Bhasera had initially set his sights on Portsmouth after impressing their former manager Paul Hart during a trial stint and he looked set to join the club as a free agent.

A work permit had already been granted to him on appeal but the deal however fell through after Kaizer Chiefs insisted that he still had a running contract with them, despite the player’s claim that he was a free agent.

He was eventually cleared by Fifa but cash-strapped Portsmouth has been handed a transfer embargo because of a huge debt and have also been placed under administration by the English Football Association.

This means that they cannot sign any new players during the transfer window period.

Bhasera spent some time with Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday after they had shown some interest in signing him. He however now looks set to join Plymouth Argyle.

If the move materialises, it will be good news for the former national under-20 captain who has spent almost 18 months on the sidelines.