POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 16: Bongani Khumalo of Tottenham during the 2011 Vodacom Challenge match between Kaizer Chiefs and Tottenham Hotspur at Peter Mokaba Stadium on July 16, 2011 in Polokwane, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivmabu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Some interesting, if not mostly irrelevant news, as Tottenham Hotspur centerback Bongani Khumalo is close to a loan to Greek Super League side PAOK Thessaloniki. Khumalo, 25, is a South African international who arrived at White Hart Lane in January 2011 for £1.5 million from Supersport United. Khumalo has been unable to find playing time at Spurs, and underwent a failed loan at Reading last season that saw Khumalo return early.
The rumoured move would only be a loan, as Khumalo's agent stated that the South African is still committed to find success at Tottenham Hotspur. However, he bigged up PAOK saying:
"PAOK have expressed an interest and they are now in discussions with Tottenham. It is certainly a good option for Bongani because they are willing to guarantee him first-team football and by playing in Europe there is the added opportunity to gain some good experience."
A loan to a contending side like PAOK would hopefully rebuild Khumalo's form and transfer value. Tottenham Hotspur do not seem to have Khumalo in their plans, so a successful loan could be key to recouping the £1.5 million originally spent on Bongani.