Belfast Telegraph

Beckham can train but not play for Spurs

David Beckham will train with Tottenham's first-team squad for the first time today after completing a series of medical tests at the club's training ground yesterday.

Beckham underwent several fitness tests and met the club's medical staff at the training complex in Chigwell, Essex, and sported a Tottenham tracksuit as he left the building.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder will begin a four-week training schedule with the north Londoners this morning as he looks to maintain his fitness during the MLS close season and prove to Fabio Capello that he deserves an England recall.

While the sight of Beckham in club apparel may have raised Tottenham fans' hopes of seeing the star play for the club, negotiations over a loan deal for him have so far failed.

On Saturday, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had claimed a deal looked like a “no-goer”, but appeared to go back on that statement by insisting that a loan “could still happen” after watching his side beat Charlton 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.

It is believed Spurs are unwilling to pay the percentage of Beckham's wages the Galaxy are demanding but both parties still could come to an agreement for the 35-year-old, who last turned out for an English club in Manchester United's final match of the 2002-03 season.

Beckham smiled and waved to the cameras as they caught glimpses of the former Real Madrid man during his six-hour stay at the Chigwell complex, which was broken up by an hour's worth of tests at a local hospital.

He did not speak to the masses of camera crews and photographers who had assembled to meet him, but Spurs coach Tim Sherwood briefly stopped to tell reporters he had spoken to Beckham and that he was in favour of the star joining the club on loan.

“He's welcome to come and train with the club,” said Sherwood. “If he eventually starts to play for us then that would be good. It's a complex situation.”

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp hopes Beckham's arrival will help the development of the several young players at Tottenham.

Teenage winger Andros Townsend, who scored on his debut in Sunday's 3-0 win, cannot wait to link up with one of his boyhood idols today.

“It would be a massive boost for any youngster to have someone who is probably England's best ever player training with them,” said Townsend.

Meanwhile, Beckham's advisers have rejected West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady's claim that Spurs were only trying to sign Beckham as a PR stunt to help the north Londoners beat the Hammers in their bid to move to the London Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games.

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