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David Beckham camp call Karren Brady claims 'laughable'

David Beckham arrives at Tottenham's training ground
Beckham arrives at Tottenham's training ground

By Dan Roan

A spokesman for David Beckham has told BBC Sport it is "laughable" to suggest the deal with Tottenham is a ploy to help Spurs move to the Olympic Stadium.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady commented about the Los Angeles Galaxy star's tie-up in her newspaper column.

Brady wrote on Saturday: "They may feel he [Beckham] could help their rival bid to ours for the Olympic Stadium."

But former England captain Beckham's spokesman retorted: "We would never get involved in anything like that."

Both London clubs have been named as the preferred bidders to move into the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, with the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) due to make a decision before March.

West Ham had also wanted to take Beckham on loan from the Major League Soccer side, with the midfielder set to return to the Premier League while it is the off-season in the United States.

Explaining the reason behind her comment, Brady added: "The link is this: LA Galaxy is owned by Philip Anschutz - whose company AEG is Tottenham's partner in their stadium bid.

"I admire Beckham as a football champion and I'd hate to see him being used as puppet for AEG."

Beckham has agreed to train with the north London club until 10 February, but sources close to him have admitted the prospect of the 35-year-old actually playing for them during the course of his short-term move hang in the balance.

Talks between Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and AEG chief executive Tim Leiweke will continue on Monday regarding the length of Beckham's stay and what proportion of his wages Spurs will pay.

One sticking point is that Spurs want the former Manchester United man until mid-March, meaning Beckham would miss all of LA Galaxy's pre-season.

However, Beckham will undergo a medical at Tottenham on Monday and it is believed that once he starts training, that could help the deal progress one way or other.

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see also
Beckham deal 'could still happen'
09 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Beckham keen to join Spurs - Redknapp
01 Jan 11 |  Tottenham
Spurs 2012 stadium bid criticised
17 Nov 10 |  London 2012

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