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Ipswich Town weighing up whether to take Bongani Khumalo on loan

PUBLISHED: 22:44 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 10 July 2013

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is deciding whether to take South Africa captain Bongani Khumalo on loan from Tottenham, while he’s also confirmed his interest in Scotland international Christophe Berra.

Khumalo – who has 26 caps for South Africa and cost Tottenham £1.7m shortly after the 2010 World Cup – played in the first half of Town’s 2-1 win at Crawley Town.

Speaking of the 26-year-old, who has been training with the Blues since Monday, McCarthy said: “I was pleased with Borgani. I thought he did alright. He’s very quick and athletic. I thought he did okay. I’m pleased with him.

“We’re not looking to buy or sign him, we’re looking at a possible loan deal.”

Meanwhile, the Blues boss said he would like to sign Berra – released by Wolves this summer – and that he was pleased with trialists Dean Gerken and Dan Seaborne. Deals for all three are far from done though.

“He’s a free transfer and a really good defender,” said McCarthy, when asked about Berra. “If I could sign him I’d be delighted, but it depends on whether we can afford to sign him because he’ll have other offers.

“I like him – I signed him for heaven’s sake! I paid three million quid for him and he helped get us promoted and keep us up for two seasons as well.”

On keeper Gerken and centre-back Seaborne – released by Bristol City and Southampton respectively – McCarthy said: “We’ll see. They might not want to come. That’s always a possibility.

“Both wanted to get themselves fit and to train. They have other interests and I’m looking at other players too. I think they’ve both done alright.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy said he had received no interest in left-back Aaron Cresswell this summer, while a few clubs have made enquiries about transfer-listed striker Michael Chopra.

McCarthy said: “There’s been a slight bit of interest in him, clubs asking if we would loan him out, but nothing concret eas yet. It’s just a few testing the water.”

Cresswell came off in the second half of the 2-1 win at Crawley to have ice applied to his thigh, with McCarthy saying it was only a precautionary measure.

Ipswich Town’s Bryan Klug was spotted keeping an eye on Colchester United and Wycombe at the weekend.

Sports writer Andy Warren takes a look at Ipswich Town’s business in the January transfer window so far.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

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Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

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Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

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Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

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Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

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