Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp may sign David Beckham permanently

Harry Redknapp has refused to rule out buying David Beckham if the former England captain proves a huge hit during his proposed loan move to Tottenham.

Spurs are waiting to hear whether the Los Angeles Galaxy will give Beckham permission to move to White Hart Lane until the Major League Soccer season starts in March.

Asked whether Spurs might make a bid to bring Beckham to the club on a permanent basis should he prove to be a star during a loan spell, Redknapp said: "No. No, no, no - it depends how he goes."

Spurs would have to get their loan move approved first and that could be a problem as the Galaxy may be reluctant after the 35-year-old suffered a serious Achilles injury while on a similar loan at AC Milan last year.

That was the second of two spells the midfielder spent at the San Siro, during which he admitted being tempted at the prospect of a permanent move.

However, Redknapp certainly has a track record of getting the best out of ageing players.

"I just get feelings for people," he said. "I brought William Gallas here and everybody said, 'You're mad! What are you bringing him here for?', and how good has he been? What a player.

"I took Kanu (to Portsmouth) six years ago. People who are supposed to know said, 'He's finished, he's had it,' and he's still playing there now. He scored in the semi-final and the final of the FA Cup for me."

The Spurs boss also revealed he learnt of Beckham's desire to play for Spurs through son Jamie, the 35-year-old's former international team-mate.

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."

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