Redknapp signs his fourth Spurs centre-back

Harry Redknapp has signed a centre-back in each of his last three transfer windows at Tottenham - and he will make it four in a row in January after pre-arranging a deal to recruit South Africa international Bongani Khumalo.

HARRY Redknapp has signed his fourth Tottenham centre-back today after sealing a deal to bring Bongani Khumalo to White Hart Lane in January.

The South Africa international has 19 caps for Bafana Bafana and played in all three of the host country’s World Cup matches, scoring the opener in the 2-1 win over France in June.

The 23-year-old currently captains South African club Supersport United and will move to Spurs when the transfer window reopens, subject to a work permit, after a successful trial in north London in September.

Khumalo will provide further cover for Spurs’ injury-prone centre-backs, and offers further evidence that Tottenham do not expect Jonathan Woodgate to play again.

Woodgate has been out of action for 11 months, since the 9-1 win over Wigan at White Hart Lane last November.

Redknapp has now signed a centre-back in each of his last three transfer windows at Spurs, recruiting Sebastien Bassong, Younes Kaboul and William Gallas, and Khumalo will make it four in a row in January.

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Tottenham’s latest signing recently skipper Supersport United to a record-equalling third successive Premier Soccer League championship, having become the youngest captain to lift the trophy last year at the age of 22.

Spurs formed a long-term partnership with the South African champions back in 2007. The agreement has seen the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur SuperSport Academy in South Africa and coaching exchange programmes between the clubs.