Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Beckham arrives for Spurs medical

David Beckham

David Beckham's four-week training spell at Tottenham began on Monday morning when he arrived at the club's training ground for a medical.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star reported to the club's training facility in Chigwell, Essex, at 10:15 and did not speak to any of the five camera crews or dozen photographers that were waiting for him.

The 35-year-old is now meeting the club's medical staff and will undergo a fitness test as he looks to keep himself in shape during the Major League Soccer close season.

Beckham will train for the first time on Tuesday and his time at the club is due to end on February 10 when he will return to Los Angeles.

Spurs started negotiations with the MLS side last week over a two-month loan deal but the north London club announced on Sunday that Beckham would only come to train with the club, rather than play.

It is thought that Spurs are unwilling to pay the percentage of Beckham's wages that the Galaxy are demanding.

The Galaxy are also wary of their prize asset becoming injured during any loan spell, as Beckham did during his spell at AC Milan last year when he tore his Achilles.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is still keen to see Beckham play in a Spurs shirt though and negotiations about a loan deal are ongoing.

Beckham has not played for an English club since he turned out for Manchester United on the final day of the 2002-03 season.

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