Spurs Sign South Africa International Central Defender

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Bongani Khumalo from SuperSport United on a pre-contract agreement – subject to a work permit.

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Tottenham have signed South Africa international defender Bongani Khumalo after a successful trial at White Hart Lane.

The 23-year-old, who played at the World Cup and had been linked with Rangers, will join from SuperSport United in January in a £1.5m deal.

“He has potential, we’ve got a tie up with SuperSport, so we’ve taken him,” said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

Born in Swaziland, Khumalo played in all three of South Africa’s games at this summer’s World Cup, scoring in their 2-1 win over France.

“It will be a great chance for the kid,” added Redknapp of Khumalo. “He’s a great lad. He comes from a poor background and he’s desperate for a chance and we’re going to give him a chance.” (BBC Sport)

Having impressed on trial in the summer, the wait to finalise Bongani Khumalo’s transfer to Tottenham has been long, but now only a work permit is needed to complete the deal.

£1.5m for an international class defender can hardly be considered a gamble by Harry Redknapp, and having seen what the player can do while on trial he will know exactly what he is getting.

With Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and even Michael Dawson troubled by injury problems this season – and William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong unconvincing – Khumalo will provide welcome reinforcement at the back for Spurs.

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