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David Beckham ponders Premier League return with Tottenham

• David Beckham considers loan move to Tottenham
• ‘He could have a big impact,’ says Harry Redknapp
David Beckham would be a valuable addition to Spurs’ squad, their
manager Harry Redknapp said. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Although David Beckham has previously said that he could not envisage playing for any English club other than Manchester United, sources close to him tonight confirmed he would consider Tottenham Hotspur‘s
offer. Beckham believes a loan move to the Premier League until the
resumption of the Major League Soccer season with Los Angeles Galaxy in
March will not only enable him to maintain his fitness but help him
fulfil his ambition of adding to his 115 England caps.
He hopes
to hold talks with Galaxy next week in an effort to secure permission
for a move, though the club may be reluctant after he suffered an
injury while on loan at Milan last year. Harry Redknapp said Tottenham will also contact Galaxy “to find out the situation”, adding that, “if he’s available, we’re interested”.
Arsène
Wenger recently praised the influence that Beckham had on his players
when he trained with Arsenal during his rehabilitation from injury in
2008 and the Spurs manager said he could make a similar contribution to
Tottenham and still be a force on the pitch.
“I think he’d be a
good influence at the football club, he’s the type of lad who’d give
the place a lift,” said Redknapp. “He’s a proper professional. I read
Theo Walcott the other day saying how he spent time around the training
ground practising with him – you need people like that around you.
“He’s
been a fantastic player and he’s someone who the players would look up
to and respect, and I think he could still do a job, for sure. If he’s
over his injuries and is as fit as he thinks he is, then he could still
play at the top level. It’s not as if he’s suddenly lost blistering
pace – he had no pace when he was 17, but he has a great brain and is a
great deliverer and striker of the ball.”
Redknapp denied that a move for Beckham would be a marketing gimmick, saying that, with David Bentley likely to leave Tottenham on loan in January,
Beckham could enjoy a significant amount of playing time. “He’d only be
coming for a couple of months so I wouldn’t have thought he’d sell a
load of shirts. Bentley wants to go on loan in the [January transfer]
window to play somewhere and then we’ve only got Aaron Lennon who can
play wide right, so [Beckham] would giveme another option. He can still
do a job, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. I’m not in a position where I
need to go get somebody to sell tickets. The ground’s full every week.
If he came, he could make a big impact.”
Redknapp said the
Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, was firmly behind him in strengthening
the squad for a tilt at a Champions League place. “The owner would like
me in all honesty to go and spend his money and buy somebody who could
make the difference,” he said.
Redknapp, whose Spurs team host
Fulham tomorrow, suggested the fact the 35-year-old Beckham wanted a
loan showed his exceptional competitive instinct. “I’ve heard stories
about how much he earns and it’s mind-blowing,” Redknapp said. “He
might be a billionaire, he could probably buy any football club in this
country if he wanted to – and yet when he’s got three months where he
could go back to LA and enjoy the sunshine and the easy life, he wants
to come here in the freezing cold and play football. That tells you
everything about him. He’s still got the passion for the game. He’s not
doing it for the money, that’s for sure.”
Redknapp said that
rather than resent the arrival of Beckham – who was born a few miles
away from White Hart Lane and attended Tottenham’s centre of excellence
as a child – his players, especially their right-midfielder Lennon,
would welcome the opportunity to work with him. The manager went on to
suggest that the presence of a player who won six Premier League titles
and the Champions League with Manchester United and one Spanish league
title with Real Madrid could strengthen the club’s pursuit of honours.
“I’m sure Aaron would love to work with him on the crossing and his
final ball.”
guardian.co.uk
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