Report: Former Spurs player Bongani Khumalo interesting QPR

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The South African international is available on a free transfer after leaving Tottenham this summer.

Queens Park Rangers are being linked with a move for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Bongani Khumalo, according to Africanfootball.com, with the 28-year-old is available on a free after leaving Spurs when his contract expired this summer.

Khumalo arrived at White Hart Lane in 2011, just a few months after an impressive World Cup in his home country where he scored in a 2-1 win over France.

Big things were expected of the defender, but he failed to make an appearance for Tottenham in his four years at the club, taking in a variety of loan spells at Championship clubs, European clubs, and even in League One last year.

However, in several of these loans Khumalo looked a capable defender, and fans at White Hart Lane have a soft spot for the player despite his failure to make an impression on the field. QPR may be thinking that for a free transfer central defensive option, there aren't many better players the R's could sign this summer.

He is currently training with former club Supersport United back in South Africa, and the club's  CEO Stan Matthews has told Africanfootball.com that the recently relegated Hoops are pursuing the player.

"Bongani wants to go to Europe," Matthews is quoted as saying. "He has a couple of work permit issues at the moment because of Bafana Bafana's ranking not being in the top 50 and because of the limited game time he had at Tottenham Hotspur.

"I think it is a mark of respect for him that a former Spurs coach like Chris Ramsey who is now the head coach at QPR is aggressively wanting to sign Bongani.

"They know what he can do, they know what his talent is. Bongani can definitely play in Europe, he has the character, mentality, discipline, the physique, everything you want from a football player."

Matthews also said that if a move to Europe didn't come off, or to the MLS after saying an unnamed club was interested in him there, he would be welcome to sign a short-term deal at Supersport.

"I've told him that if he doesn't have a contract by the 31st of August he will have one [from SuperSport] on the 31st of August. He will always be welcome at my club."

The Bafana Bafana star is a player Chris Ramsey and others at the club know well, given their own association with Tottenham.

The player spent time on loan in the Championship with Doncaster a couple of years back, and Ramsey will know whether Khumalo can offer something to a side hoping to achieve promotion this season.

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