Redknapp waiting on Beckham
Published 03/01/2011 | 08:22
Harry Redknapp has admitted he is trying to sign David Beckham without having seen him play for Los Angeles Galaxy.
Redknapp is waiting to hear whether Beckham would be given permission to move to White Hart Lane on loan until the Major League Soccer season starts in March. The Spurs boss has also refused to rule out buying the former England captain if he proves a huge hit in north London.
Since revealing he was trying to sign Beckham on Friday, Redknapp has repeatedly insisted the decision was a footballing one and said: "I haven't been to America to watch him play. But it's not like when I was at Bournemouth and we took George Best. We're not trying to fill the stadium. You can't get a seat here anyway. I just genuinely feel he could come here and do a good job for us."
He added: "When you're looking to hit Crouchy (Peter Crouch), if you're looking for someone to drop a ball on his head from set plays, free kicks, corners, there's no-one better in the world."
Explaining how he learnt of Beckham's interest, Redknapp said: "He spoke to my son, to Jamie, about it and that's how it all came about.
"Jamie rang me, said he'd spoken to David Beckham and would we be interested because he'd love to come and play at Tottenham.
"He just said, 'I'd like to come back and play and I'd fancy playing for Tottenham, because I like the way they play'."
Despite Beckham's roots being in north London, Spurs reportedly face stiff competition for his signature.
Redknapp joked: "We're 1-100 - he only wants to play for Tottingham ever since he was a young boy. His grandpa was a Spurs supporter. One of us!"
The Galaxy may be reluctant to allow Beckham to move after the midfielder suffered a serious Achilles injury while on a similar loan at AC Milan last year.