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Tottenham wants to sign David Beckham when his Galaxy contract expires at the end of the Major League Soccer season, manager Harry Redknapp told English media Friday.
Beckham, who trained last winter with the north London club, has expressed a desire to continue playing but has said he won't make a decision on his future -- and on whether to re-sign with the Galaxy -- until the season ends in November.
“I don't think you would ever say no to David Beckham,” said Redknapp, who would like to bring the midfielder in during January's winter transfer window. “He came and trained with us last year. He was fantastic to have around the place as a player and as a person. He was a top-class professional, and he’s the kind of lad you would like around the place. He is someone the young lads look up to, and he is a great role model for anybody.”
Spurs tried to bring Beckham in on a loan deal last January, but the Galaxy wouldn't consider it. They allowed their star to train with the club and miss most of the first month of their preseason preparations.
“What are the chances of us signing him? I have no idea,” Redknapp said. “I’ll be honest. I don’t have a clue. I wouldn’t know the financial situation or what it would take. I have never discussed it with the chairman. Would I like him here? Of course I would. ... I would welcome him with open arms.”
Beckham has said he'd never play for an English club aside from Manchester United, where he started his career, but his maternal grandfather was a Tottenham fan.
“He’s definitely still good enough to play in the Premier League,” Redknapp told English tabloid The Sun. “He is worth his weight in gold. His game was never about pace, so whether he’s quick or not isn’t an issue. David’s unique quality is his use of the ball and his ability to pick out a player with a pinpoint pass. He is unbelievable and still an exceptional talent.”
Queens Park Rangers, another London club, also have expressed interest in signing Beckham.