Crystal Palace will launch a new bid for Plymouth’s Zimbabwean left-back Onismor Bhasera in January, according to reports.
Palace had a bid for the 24-year-old rejected in August, but they have continued to track the former Kaizer Chiefs defender.
The South London Press reported on Friday that Palace boss George Burley had put the Zimbabwe international and former Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa defender on his wish list for the January transfer window.
Palace will also make an offer for Bhasera’s teammate, central defender Reda Johnson, the paper reported. Bhasera was relegated with Plymouth to the third tier of English football at the end of last season and would be tempted by a move back to the Championship.
In August, Plymouth boss Peter Reid admitted that he had heard of interest from QPR but only Palace had made a firm offer.
“I haven’t heard anything from QPR but there has been interest from Palace, which we turned down. Everyone’s got a price but Bhasera has impressed me with his attitude,” Reid said.
“The pushed-on position suits him. He’s got energy and a lovely left-foot to knock crosses in. He is our player and I’m delighted he’s our player. I don’t get worried about things like this. I see it as a compliment.”
Palace currently lies 22nd in the Championship,20 points adrift of leaders QPR. Bhasera was part of the Lord Malvern High School team that won the Coca-Cola Nash three times in a row between 2001 and 2003; he was also the school captain during this time.
He was playing in the AYSA youth academy which trained at Lord Malvern High School, before he joined Harare United, a club which competed in Division One.
His performances for the team brought him to the attention of South African club Thembisa Classic and he joined them for the 2004–05 season, linking up with compatriot Edward Sadomba.
Bhasera featured 14 times in the National First Division, as they won promotion to the South African Premier Soccer League.
The club, and the contracts of its players, was then purchased by the owners of Maritzburg United. His first season at the highest level of South African football proved to be very productive; he played in 27 league matches, and the club secured its place in the division for a second year.
He featured regularly for the club again in the 2006–07 season, playing 26 league games. His first goal in professional competition came on 27 April 2007 in an away game against Moroka Swallows.
Bhasera’s club was trailing 3–0 when he scored after 32 minutes. The season was to end in disappointment as they returned to the First Division, managing just four league wins from 30 matches before moving to Chiefs.