David and Victoria Beckham are "delighted" after announcing they are expecting their fourth child this summer.
The couple are in the UK, and the former England football captain is expected to go to the training ground of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, where he will train until February.
A proud Beckham announced his family's joy at Victoria's pregnancy on his Facebook page on Sunday. He wrote: "I've got some great news to tell you all. Victoria and I are expecting our fourth child this summer. The boys are very excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister."
A spokeswoman for the former Spice Girl confirmed the couple were "naturally delighted" to be expecting a new brother or sister for their three sons - Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 5 - but declined to give a more specific due date or confirm how far the pregnancy was advanced.
In an interview for the February issue of Vogue, Victoria hinted at having more children but said it was unlikely the couple would have a girl. She told the magazine: "Maybe one day another baby, but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim."
Congratulating the couple, Simon Fuller, David and Victoria Beckham's manager and long term business partner, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled for them. Family means everything to David and Victoria and this is simply the best news they and the boys could have wished for at the start of 2011."
The announcement was made after weeks of speculation that the Beckhams may soon return to Britain from the US.
Former Manchester United midfielder David, 35, has been linked with a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur, and on Sunday afternoon it seemed the transfer was no longer a possibility.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp gave conflicting messages throughout the day, first saying the loan "looked like a no-goer", but he later backtracked to say: "Hopefully it could still happen. The situation is ongoing." Whether the loan deal goes ahead or not, the star will arrive at Spurs Lodge in Essex to meet with medical staff, before returning tomorrow to train with the first team.
The Beckhams are expected to stay in the UK until next month when David returns to LA Galaxy and Victoria, 36, attends the New York Fashion Week.