Beckham trains at Spurs as loan talks continue

London: David Beckham trained with Tottenham for the first time on Tuesday as Spurs boss Harry Redknapp expressed his hopes that a loan deal for the midfielder could yet be agreed.

The former England captain smiled and joked with Spurs players as he took part in a light session at the club’s training ground in Essex.

Redknapp said Spurs were still hopeful that the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder could be signed on a short-term deal before returning to the United States for the start of the Major League Soccer season in March.

“There is nothing at the moment, but we will see what happens, who knows?” Redknapp told reporters.

“I am not dealing with that side, but it is good to have him here. David is a top player and a fantastic boy. Everyone respects David and looks up to him so it was good to have him here today.”

Redknapp’s assistant coach Joe Jordan meanwhile told BBC Radio that the mere presence of Beckham in the Spurs dressing room would be a positive influence as the club prepared for challenges in the Champions League and Premiership.

“David 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 have 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,” Jordan said.

“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.”

Bureau Report