Bongani Khumalo, a South African international and 23 year old central defender, has signed £1.5m to move to Tottenham in the January transfer window (subject to receiving a work permit. Bongani is currently playing with SuperSport United in the domestic South African football league, and played every World Cup match for South Africa during the summer (including scoring against France in the final group stage game.
Bongani is aiming to fight for a starting berth in Tottenham, not an unlikely prospect given Tottenham’s much documented injury problems at the back.
“At 23, I think I’m ready to challenge for a place in the first team.
It may take a bit of time to settle in but I’ve played at the World Cup and I have the confidence in my ability to play in the Premier League.
[Tottenham manager] Harry Redknapp’s shown a lot of faith in my ability and I hope to be able to repay that.
“I think the manager is hoping I will be able to fit in to his plans straight away and I believe I’m good enough to do that.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity and one that I’ve been waiting for all my life. It’s always been my dream to play in England and I love what I’ve seen of London so far – I’m looking forward to making it my home.”
To be honest I think he’ll have trouble getting on the bench, let alone starting for Spurs. Best of luck to the young center-back though, he’ll need it.