Rangers prepared to pay R20-m for SA pair

Glasgow Rangers want Bongani Khumalo, Katlego Mphela

Posted: 30 July 2010 Time: 09:33 am

Glasgow Rangers are closing in on central defender Bongani Khumalo and striker Katlego Mphela and are prepared to offer more than R20-million for the pair.

Reports from Scotland this morning say that the Ibrox side have studied the capabilities of and are ready to beat off interest from the Premiership and move for the pair.

It is believed Tottenham have invited SuperSport's Khumalo over for trials while Mamelodi Sundowns' Mphela has been linked with former Rangers manager Alex McLeish's Birmingham City.

But Rangers, who have already received permission to talk to Khumalo, hope to get in first after both players had been recommended by Rangers' manager in waiting Ally McCoist, who was in South Africa for the World Cup.

Ibrox manager Walter Smith confirmed on Wednesday night that the 23-year-old hard-tackling SuperSport defender, who has won 23 caps for his country, is a player he is considering seriously along with Mphela.

Smith said: "They are the right type and I think they could enhance our squad."

But Smith knows Khumalo - along with 25-year-old Mphela, who was top scorer in the PSL last season - are attracting interest from other clubs now Mphela has already made it clear he wants to leave Mamelodi Sundowns for a bigger league.

Mphela has had spells with Strasbourg - making his debut when he was 19 - and Stade Reims in France but believes he has regained his best form and wants to prove that in a better environment.

Mphela, who has scored 13 times in 31 internationals, was also named player of the year and Rangers have been attracted by the fact he has a physical presence up front and is capable of holding the ball up as well as scoring.

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Previous comments on this story...

Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:37 am
This guy is ovarated, he like playing back passes. Dont think he will succeed.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:37 am
Mphela? ehh!!!
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:40 am
Khumalo guys??? hahahahah!!! I have watched this guy playing many times. He is too slow, and playing many back passes. he dont attack and he only goez foward only when there is a corner kick. Stop ovarating this young boy, he need to get more experiance. we were blaming mbazo at the world Cup, but Mboza was there culprit.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:41 am
Siyanda Xula
Rooi Mahamuntsa
Johannes

can do betta than Khumalo
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
Hope the deal become a success for the lads, wish u all the best guys, go there and do us proud.
Show them that ur frm Pretoria the City of Champions.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:44 am
Mphela dont wana tok about him coz you know. he only scored only, when he getthrough pass. he cannot position himself, he is a selfish player. shooting unneccesarily, panicking, Scoring lucky goals. They must thank Pitso, adawise, they shud be cutted down.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:45 am
Khumalo dont even know to cut the off-side. always standing with the goalkeeper. anyball he got he make a back pass.
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 am
the league will fit nicely to the pairs ambitions and style of play.not as high pressure as the epl and not as useless as romania and such.wish them well.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:50 am
Hayi suka!!! Dont care about Khumalo or Mphela. They are not good as media praise them.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 09:52 am
Morgan Gould is betta than this overated cow Khumalo
lekhosi la ga Mothapo
posted: 09:52 am
Soccer Critic ( Tivani ): 2010-07-30 09:41 [ Report ]


Siyanda Xula
Rooi Mahamuntsa
Johannes

can do betta than Khumalo

why do u like comparing uncomparables mahamutsa too slow johannes very slow and siyanda very young lacks timing khumalo is the man
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 10:01 am
Im wishing them the best. But they wont succeed.
Mesh - K 4 L
posted: 10:01 am
Internet Internet Internet yasibulala madoda tjooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

On a serious note though,we should let as many players as possible go and play overseas to gain more experience of playing in a WC.Else we must attract overseas players to come and play in our own league,STOP moving around WASHED out african players like Amazulu,Wits Celtic do.

Chintu,Sserunkuma,Babale,Chansa,these players will always find a way of moving from team to team and it seems they never grow beyond 30yrs!!!!!!!!!Mhhhhhhhhh
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 10:01 am
ado: 2010-07-30 09:52

***Hope they gona warm the bench there!!!
zorro
posted: 10:15 am
scottish league is the type of league that Bafana players should be aiming for, not Qatar and Romania. its even better when they go and play for a big team. babulale killer
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 am

Bongane Khumalo is the future and will make it in any league, but is he 22 years. never! this guy is 30

Mphela 25 nonononono Mphela is 31

Rather fail with honour than to succeed with FRAUD.
Wonder
posted: 10:21 am
Good for both lads, this is the right league indeed for them. they should stay clear of Qatar,Cyprus and Romania.

Somebody is feeling sad because no Pirates player is courted by overseas teams, he Tivani?
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 am
I think both guys deserve it! @ Tivani...why would a 4 and 5 player attack? He is one of the last line of defence hence he cant move forward except for corners and set pieces!!!! know your football!
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 am
@Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
Why do you like to compare players? Hhayi maan these guys are human beings & human beings cant be the same. I support Pirates but at times your comments are biased & you have a tendency of over praising Pirates even where its unnecessary. I know this wont go down well with you but please let us not let our hatred for other teams overule our thinking capabilities. I hope these players will make it at Sctland because the experience that they will get there will be handy for the National team.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 10:35 am
dont think they will get game time. they are stars in only SA, not in England.
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