Springbok centre Jaque Fourie could join Gary Gold at the Sharks next year.
Gold, the coach of the Kobe Kobelco Steelers, was recently appointed Sharks director of rugby and will arrive in Durban at the end of the current Japanese Top League season.
Fourie, who plays for the Steelers, is looking to join a South African Super Rugby franchise for the 2015 tournament in order to push for a place in the Bok World Cup squad.
Die Burger says discussions are taking place between Fourie and the Sharks, although the Steelers would have to agree to release him.
In an interview for the December issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale next Wednesday, Gold spoke highly of Fourie and Bok lock Andries Bekker.
'Jaque and Andries have played an absolutely massive role for us,' said Gold. 'Jaque has focused on our defence and Andries on the lineouts, and both have helped to improve the team’s general game understanding.
'Some clubs have made mistakes when contracting foreigners but we’re definitely not one of them. Kobe have put a lot of time and energy into determining what type of foreigner they sign. They also look at what value a foreigner can add to the company even if he doesn’t play.
'I can’t put a value on Jaque and Andries.'