Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that he decided to sign centre-back Christophe Berra on a permanent basis rather than take Bongani Khumalo on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
The Bafana Bafana defender had been impressing on trial with the Championship side where he took part in friendly games against Crawley Town and Gillingham.
Khumalo is not likely to stay at parent club Tottenham Hotspur after failing to break into the starting XI and being sent on various loans, but the players has been looking to revive his career in English football.
That opportunity, however, will not come at the Tractor Boys as McCarthy has revealed that the conditions that Spurs wanted to have the player loaned out on were not ideal – with the English Premier League side wanting a call-back clause in the deal.
“I’ve signed what I’d call a top Championship centre-half (in Berra) and he’s our player for two years," said McCarthy, according to Greenun24.
“It was a no-brainer to do that instead of having a player on loan. I was really sorry for Bongani, to have to let him down, but if Stoke or West Brom had come in for him he’d have gone there to get a better deal. It works both ways.
“It’s about doing what’s best for the club. Tottenham wanted a call-back clause in January and that’s not for me.”