KHUMALO DEAL COMPLETED
Tottenham have completed the transfer of Bongani Khumalo from South African side Supersport United on a four-and-a-half year deal. Khumalo impressed during a trial at Spurs last July and the north London club have chosen to take the 23-year-old on a permanent transfer for a fee of around £1.5million. The centre half, who was born in Swaziland, impressed for South Africa during the World Cup where he scored the opener in the hosts’ 2-1 group stage win over France. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp already has a number of options in defence but there are still doubts over the long-term fitness of centre backs Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate. Khumalo could make his debut in Tottenham’s FA Cup third round clash with Charlton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
BECKHAM DEAL SOON TO BE COMPLETED
Harry Redknapp has revealed David Beckham could join the club on loan by Sunday. Beckham has been linked with a temporary return to Europe during the Major League Soccer off-season, and Spurs are one of several Premier League clubs interested in signing the 35-year-old. Officials from the White Hart Lane club have been in negotiations with their Los Angeles Galaxy counterparts this week, and Redknapp believes Beckham could be in attendance when Spurs face Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday.
KEANE HEADING ACROSS LONDON?
Fulham manager Mark Hughes has admitted his interest in Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been told he can leave White Hart Lane after falling down the pecking order. Spurs accepted a bid from Birmingham, believed to be worth £7m, earlier this week but Blues first-team coach Peter Grant has admitted the two parties are some way from agreeing a deal. And Cottagers boss Hughes has now confirmed his interest in Keane, and he is hoping the Irishman will opt for a move to Craven Cottage during the current transfer window.
HARRY TALKS UP PIENAAR
Harry Redknapp believes Steven Pienaar would be a “great free transfer” for any club in the summer. South Africa international Pienaar is expected to leave Everton at the end of the current campaign having so far failed to agree terms on a new contract with the Merseyside outfit. Spurs boss Redknapp is a known admirer of the 28-year-old and has repeatedly been linked with a move for the player. And speaking ahead of tonight’s clash between the two teams, Redknapp has once more hinted at his interest in making Pienaar a Tottenham player in the future.
BENTLEY LOANED TO BIRMINGHAM
TDavid Bentley is set for a medical with Birmingham City over the weekend ahead of a proposed loan move. The former Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers midfielder has found first team football hard to come by at White Hart Lane this season and will be checked over at St Andrews over the weekend before a deal is ironed out. Should all prove okay then the player is expected to sign for Alex McLeish’s side on loan for the rest of the season.
WALKER LOANED TO VILLA
Kyle Walker has completed a Loan move to Aston villa for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old has impressed on loan at Championship leaders QPR in the first half of the season but has now returned to White Hart Lane. However, he isn’t likely to get much first-team action for Harry Redknapp’s side due to the form of Alan Hutton and he could well be allowed to leave temporarily once again. Villa boss Gerard Houllier is keen as first-choice right-back Luke Young is struggling with a knee problem, so Walker would come in as decent cover.
CARROLL BID REJECTED
Harry Redknapp has revealed he made a failed bid to sign Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll. Redknapp had been linked with a bid for the England international for couple months prior to the January transfer window opening. Reports on Wednesday suggested the Spurs boss had followed up his interest by contacting the Magpies to discuss the possibility of a £20m deal being done. Redknapp has now confirmed he has spoken with opposite number Alan Pardew in the past, but admitted the Toon boss made it clear that Carroll will not be making a move to White Hart Lane or anywhere else.
SUAREZ ON HARRYS RADAR?
Luis Suarez has now popped up as a new target for Tottenham this transfer window and his club Ajax have indicated privately that they would be prepared to sell the player for a fee of around £17m. The decision on Suarez was the key issue at the club before Harry Redknapp raised the possibility of the loan signing of David Beckham on Friday which has dominated over the weekend. However, there are doubts among key figures at Spurs as to whether signing Beckham until March would be a wise move – and even Redknapp is thought to be less sure than he might have indicated.
AND THE REST…
Cardiff, QPR and Leeds are all trying to sign Jonathan Woodgate on loan…
Tottenham are tempted to bid for Blackburn’s unsettled central defender Christopher Samba….
full-back Kyle Naughton has agreed to remain on loan at Leicester City until the end of the season…