It’s Tottenham Hotspur or bust for Beckham
David Beckham moved closer to a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur last night, but if the deal breaks down he would rather train with the club than take up one of many offers to play at other European clubs.
He is believed to have received approaches from teams in Spain, Italy, France and Turkey but is only really considering a move to a Premier League club, with Spurs the favourites as he could live at his “Beckingham Palace” home in Hertfordshire.
Los Angeles Galaxy are understood to be open to the two-month loan deal during the American Major League Soccer close season, but the terms of the move, which include payments for the use of Beckham's image and insurance against potential injury, have yet to be fully agreed.
Beckham has been told by the England management that an international recall is a possibility if he keeps himself in shape.
A spokesman for Beckham said: “The loan is part of David's desire to keep fit and make himself available for England again. Spurs are one of many clubs interested — but we have not yet had detailed talks.
“At the moment we are waiting on the decision of LA Galaxy with regards to a loan move. The loan would be a short one until the start of the MLS season. David would then return and play a full season with the Galaxy.”
LA Galaxy spokesman Patrick Donnelly added: “We are not going to comment on this at this time.”
If a deal is agreed, Beckham could play up to 11 games for Tottenham, including their Premier League match with Manchester United on 16 January.
In 2008 Beckham trained with the Arsenal squad, while in 2009 and in 2010 he moved on loan to Milan. The 35 year old has played outside England since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid in June 2003.