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Bongani Khumalo has missed out on the chance of becoming an Ipswich Town player, after manager Mick McCarthy decided to sign Scottish defender Christophe Berra

Bongani Khumalo's proposed move to Ipswich Town has fallen through, after Mick McCarthy confirmed that the club's interest in the player is no longer valid.

McCarthy has signed Scottish defender Christophe Berra instead, stating that he was unhappy with the terms laid out by Tottenham Hotspur with regards to acquiring the services of Khumalo on loan.

"I have signed what I'd call a top Championship centre-half [in Berra] and he is our player for two years," McCarthy told reporters.

"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 would have gone there to get a better deal. It works both ways."

Bradley Ralani, once a teammate of both May Mahlangu and Tokelo Rantie at the Stars of Africa Academy, is beginning to pick up the pieces of his injury-ridden career at Landskrona in Sweden.

Ralani has started 14 times this season for Landskrona in the Superettan [Swedish Second Division] and the attack-minded player has netted on two occasions. The player is in action for the club tonight against Varberg, as the second division resumes after a short break. 

A recurrent thigh injury has stopped the player from achieving greater things in European football, but Ralani is on the road to recovery.

Thulani Serero has begun to show early signs of good form for Ajax Amsterdam, as he was a part of the side which defeated Osasuna 1-0 in a friendly on Saturday. Meanwhile, Kgosi Nthle is back from injury for his club Peterborough, as he featured in a friendly against Southhampton this weekend.

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