Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium
The 19-year-old signed for Wednesday a year ago after his release by Tottenham Hotspur.
But despite helping the Owls' Under-23 side to two trophies this season, it appears as though Hayford will be on his way out of Hillsborough with Johannesburg-based Wits a likely destination.
Hayford's father hails from South Africa, enabling the midfielder to play in the country without work permit.
And a move to Gavin Hunt's side would see him reunited with former Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo, who also left White Hart Lane in 2016.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Doncaster Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo
Sheffield Wednesday have yet to officially announce Hayford's departure, with their retained list due at some point this week.
The future of Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is also up in the air, with his contract expiring at the end of next month - two years earlier than was initially claimed last summer.
Can the former Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur man kickstart his career in South African football?
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal (left) with owner Dejphon Chansiri
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