Los Angeles Soccer: David Bentley
January, 1, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club David Beckham's maternal grandfather cheered on, started the new year by contacting the Galaxy about acquiring the superstar midfielder in a loan deal.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp told reporters after a 1-0 win Saturday over Fulham that the club wants Beckham and are in contact with the Galaxy.
“[Beckham] just said he's like to come and play here at Tottenham,” Redknapp said. “We'd have to [move fast]. I’ve left it to the people [in Tottenham management]. I’ve passed it on to them. They’re talking to whoever they have to talk to at his club.”
Darren Eales, Tottenham's director of football administration, has contacted the Galaxy, Redknapp said.
A request for comment from the Galaxy was passed on to head coach/general manager Bruce Arena, who has not yet responded.
Beckham last season said he wouldn't be accepting a loan deal before the Major League Soccer season opens in March, then reversed himself last month, saying he hoped for a short-term loan to boost the possibility he could play again for England's national team.
He's had no shortage of suitors, but Manchester United -- the club in which he grew up -- had no interest. Beckham had said he had no desire to play for an English club aside from United, but his family's links to Tottenham, which sits fourth in the English Premier League standings and has reached the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, apparently has altered his stance.
Redknapp said Tottenham was interested in a three-month loan deal -- Beckham played at AC Milan in 2009 and 2010 on six-month loans -- and that Beckham was needed to back up Aaron Lennon, who has supplanted the former England captain as the national team right winger.
“We’ve got no one else to play on the right,” Redknapp told reporters Friday. “[Backup] David Bentley keeps picking up injuries on a Friday morning. It’s a no-brainer. I’m sure [Beckham] can still do a great job at the top level. Otherwise, I wouldn’t bother.
“He isn’t going to come here and get big money -- we aren’t massive payers at this club -- but he wants to come over here to the freezing cold and play football. Doesn’t that tell you something about the boy, that he lives in Los Angeles and might be a billionaire?”
Arena previously said he expects Beckham to be in camp when the Galaxy starts preseason training later this month. L.A. opens the season at Seattle on March 15.