White Hart Lane boss closing in on England veteran.
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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says former England captain David Beckham is keen to join the club on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January.
The Major League Soccer season restarts on 15 March, giving Redknapp hope of a temporary deal for the 35-year-old.
“David fancies it. He would like to come and play here,” said Redknapp. “He’s a fantastic lad and role model in the way he conducts himself and plays.”
Beckham had similar spells on loan at Italian club AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.
When contacted by the BBC, an LA Galaxy spokesman said a statement on Beckham is unlikely to be issued on Saturday.
Redknapp first revealed his intentions to pursue a three-month loan deal for Beckham at a press conference on Friday.
And in the aftermath of Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday – which lifted them into the Premier League’s top four, Redknapp went into more detail about the move.
“We’d have to [move quickly]. I’ve left it to the people at the club and they’re talking to whoever they have to talk to at his club,” said Redknapp who believes Beckham – with 115 England caps to his name – will be a role model for the young players at Spurs.
“He’d be a great influence on the younger players,” said Redknapp. “I remember when I was at Portsmouth and bought Teddy Sheringham for a season and used to tell the young lads to watch Teddy practice and train.”
Redknapp insisted that Beckham would provide cover for right winger Aaron Lennon as David Bentley has been hampered by injury problems.
“We’ve got no-one else to play on the right,” said Redknapp. “David Bentley keeps picking up injuries on Friday morning. It’s a no brainer.” (BBC Sport)
The little dig at David Bentley seems a tad uncalled for but clearly the Tottenham boss wants Becks and perhaps he will land the hugely experienced LA Galaxy man. There is no doubt that David Beckham could add yet more strength in depth to the White Hart Lane squad but would he make such a move just to end up sitting on the White Hart Lane bench?
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