Tottenham news – Norwich sign Naughton, Spurs reach final, Khumalo delight at playing time

Norwich sign Naughton.

According to the Daily Mail, Norwich have confirmed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton on a season long loan deal.

The 22 year old defender moved to White Hart Lane in 2009 from Sheffield United and spent last season on loan at Championship side Leicester. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has sent Naughton to Norwich to continue his development and he becomes the seventh addition for Norwich boss Paul Lambert this summer.

Lambert said about Naughton: ‘He’s a pacy player and he’s also young and hungry to continue developing his career and we’re obviously pleased he’s got the chance not to do that with us here at Norwich City.’

Naughton has nine England under 21 caps and will be looking to strengthen his play to try and get a full international cap for his country.

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Spurs reach final.

Tottenham Hotspur will face Orlando Pirates in the final of the Vodacom Challenge on Saturday after the Pirates defeated Kaizer Chiefs 1-0, reports.

The two South African sides played each other in Port Elizabeth and a goal from Tlou Segolela was enough to give the Pirates the win in front of 43,000 fans in the Soweto derby. The final will take place at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, with the kick off time being at 2pm in the UK.

Spurs drew with the Pirates 1-1 on Tuesday night in their opening tour match in Polokwane. Rafael van der Vaart scored Spurs’ goal on Tuesday and will be hoping for more of the same to get Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp’s pre-season off to a good start.

Khumalo delight at playing time.

Bongani Khumalo has spoken of his delight to play 90 minutes for Spurs against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday and is happy with his progress, reports.

The 1-1 draw allowed the South African defender to make his first full appearance since fracturing his metatarsal whilst on loan at Preston last season. Khumalo was given a hero’s welcome upon arrival in South Africa and was happy to meet all his SA fans, whilst playing some proper football for the first time in three months.

Khumalo said: ‘I was injured for almost three months, so it was great to get the full 90 minutes in at this point. It’s only the beginning of pre-season and I’ll only get stronger. It was a good run out and playing at this altitude as well is great fitness for us’.

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