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Harry Redknapp keeps faith over David Beckham loan move


Beckham trains with Spurs

Harry Redknapp remains hopeful that David Beckham will be allowed to play for Tottenham in the coming weeks in a loan deal from Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham, 35, began training with Spurs on Tuesday but has yet to receive the green light from his American club.

Spurs boss Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "It's complicated but you never know. We'll see how it goes."

Former England captain Beckham, who has come through a fitness test, has agreed to train with Spurs until 10 February.

Beckham is believed to be keen to play for Tottenham before returning to the Galaxy for their opening match of the Major League Soccer season against the Seattle Sounders on 15 March.

And Redknapp added: "It's great to have him here. We worked hard to get him here, hoping that he could come and play.

Spurned Chances

"He's a fit lad, he looks like he's in great condition, looks like he looks after himself, he's a model professional so that won't be a problem.

"Whether it will be possible to do it, I'm not sure."

Assistant coach Joe Jordan believes the addition of Beckham to the Spurs squad would be beneficial as they continue to chase silverware on three fronts.

Jordan told BBC Radio 5 live: "He has a wealth of experience and no matter how well you are playing, when you go into the second half of the season and you've got Champions League and Premier League, which is a bit new for us in the same season, I think you need that little bit of nuance.

"To put that in your dressing room, whether the player starts or not, is vital and if we are lucky enough to get David Beckham on a short-term basis, it would be great value."

If Tottenham tie up a deal this week, Beckham could be in line to make his debut against his former club Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Tottenham have also been linked with Everton captain Phil Neville, although Redknapp acknowledged a switch would be "difficult".

And Toffees boss David Moyes moved quickly to dismiss any notion of the 33-year-old leaving Goodison Park for White Hart Lane.

"I spoke with Harry Redknapp briefly before the transfer window opened," he told Everton's website.

"[Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy and [Everton chairman] Bill [Kenwright] had an even briefer conversation at our recent game against Spurs and mutually agreed that this would go no further.

"At no time was any offer made - nor would one have been welcomed. Phil Neville is our captain and is an important part of the Everton set-up."

Neville has made 224 appearances for Everton following his move from Manchester United in August 2005.

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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
Pardew 'unlikely' to sign Beckham
03 Jan 11 |  Newcastle
Beckham agrees to LA Galaxy move
12 Jan 07 |  Football

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