Tottenham close to Khumalo deal

2010-09-25 07:35

London, England – Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said that the English Premier League side were hopeful of concluding a £1.5 million (nearly R17 million) deal for World Cup defender Bongani Khumalo.

The 23-year-old had a trial at White Hart Lane and is expected to move from South African league side SuperSport United when the transfer window opens in January.

“We’re in the process of doing a deal for him. He’s not expensive. We had him over on trial and we like him. He’s got potential and we’ve got a tie-up with the club SuperSport so we’ve taken him on,” said Redknapp yesterday.

Khumalo, who was born in Swaziland, scored during Bafana Bafana’s World Cup win over France.

His arrival will be a significant boost to Redknapp, who has seen Michael Dawson join fellow centreback Jonathan Woodgate on the long-term injury list.

Redknapp added: “It will be a great chance for him. He comes from a poor background and he’s desperate for a chance and we’re going to give him a chance.”

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