Why Percy Tau's move to Le Havre fell through

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Conflicting reports have emerged from abroad as to why Percy Tau's proposed move to French Ligue 2 side Le Havre collapsed.

Percy Tau was widely linked with a move to France where Le Havre coach Lukas Elsner, who previously worked with the Bafana Bafana star at Union Saint-Gillioise, recently confirmed that the parties were in talks over a potential deal.

However, a move ultimately failed to materialise before the transfer window slammed shut across most of Europe last night, leaving the former Mamelodi Sundowns star with no clearer picture as to where his future lies.

Earlier on Thursday, it had been reported by French media that Le Havre had backtracked on talks to sign Tau due to the number of intermediaries who were reported to have involved themselves in the transaction.

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Conflicting reports from Egypt have since emerged claiming that the reason behind the collapse was due to a failure between all three parties in reaching an agreement over the financial aspects of the deal.

That is according to FilGoal who claim that Le Havre were one of three teams interested in Tau's services, alongside fellow French side Amiens and an unnamed African team, but was ultimately unable to get the transfer over the line.

Thursday's developments leave Tau's chances of returning to Europe, where he previously played in Belgium and England, on a string, with the transfer window still open in only a handful of divisions across the continent.

The 28-year-old has previously been linked with a return to Anderlecht, and the window remains open in the Belgian Pro League until 6 September, but there is no indication that any talks have progressed in this regard.

Elsewhere, the transfer market is still open in the Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, while the possibility of a return to South Africa also remains on the cards.

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DStv Premiership clubs are able to sign players until 22 September 2022 meaning there is still time for a potential homecoming, with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates among the teams previously credited with an interest in Tau's services.

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8. Quinton Fortune (Atletico Madrid to Manchester
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