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Bongani Khumalo Close to PAOK Loan

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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.