Johannesburg - Reading have announced the signing of highly rated Tottenham Hotspur defender Bongani Khumalo on a season-long loan deal.
The South African defender, who joined the north London club last
season, is yet to play in the Premier League, having joined Preston
North End on loan last season.
But the 24-year-old former SuperSport United centre-back, who
completed his medical at Madejski Stadium on Monday afternoon, is
looking forward to his new challenge in the Championship.
Khumalo told the club's official website: "It's amazing to be
here. It's an unbelievable set-up at Reading - and I just got a great
feeling from the club after playing here for Preston at the end of last
"I spoke with the manager and he was very ambitious with his
plans for the season ahead, so there was only ever one option for me. It
just feels right."
Royals boss Brian McDermott added he is delighted to have signed
the player, who has an option to return to Spurs during the January
He added: "Bongani is a player we know well. He played against us
for Spurs' reserves and also while on loan at Preston towards the end
of last season, before he unfortunately picked up a metatarsal injury.
"I'd like to thank Harry Redknapp at Tottenham for allowing
Bongani the opportunity to come out on loan and for giving us the
opportunity to have him here.
"We are delighted to have him with us."
Khumalo could make his debut for Reading in a pre-s