Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Becks' loan hopes not dead yet
By Scott French
David Beckham's training stint with Tottenham started Monday, and he's not nearly satisfied. The Mirror newspaper reports that he's offered to slash his salary if the Galaxy will permit him to join the north London club on loan through March.
Tottenham officials, the newspaper reports, have continued talks with the Galaxy about allowing Beckham to play and are willing to pay 80 percent of his wages during the loan deal.
No response from the Galaxy is expected. They're demanding Beckham, 35, return Feb. 10 to join preparations for the Major League Soccer season.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told reporters at training that he still hoped an arrangement could be made.
"It's great to have him here,” Redknapp said. “We worked hard to get him here hoping that he could come and play. [Management] grafted away trying to get a deal done where he could play for us. It's a bit complicated, but you never know. We'll see how it goes. …
"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."