Los Angeles Soccer: Steven Gerrard
January, 3, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
With clubs lining up for David Beckham's services in a loan deal, the Galaxy midfielder's management company has issued a statement:
“At the moment we are waiting on the decision of L.A. Galaxy with regards to a loan move. The loan would be a short one until the start of the MLS season. David would then return and play a full season with the Galaxy. … Tottenham are one of many clubs who are interested, but as yet we have not got into any detailed conversations as we are waiting on L.A. Galaxy's decision.”
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena hasn't responded to a request for clarification, but he said last month that Beckham would be expected to be in camp when the club begins preseason training in late January.
More than a half-dozen English clubs, as well as teams in Italy, Spain and Turkey, have expressed interest in taking Beckham on loan. London-based Tottenham has emerged as the favorite, if the Galaxy decide to make a deal, but The Newcastle Journal reported Monday that Newcastle United is set to make an offer, too.
The winter transfer window runs through Feb. 2.
Elsewhere on the Becks front: 2012 Olympics organizing committee chairman Sebastian Coe has suggested Beckham could play for -- or coach -- the united U.K. soccer team at the London Games. It's the first time in generations one team will represent the nation; soccer tradition allows England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to compete separately.
"It is an under-23 tournament, but you are allowed to play three overage players," Coe told BBC Radio Five, "and just picking out names, that could be Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard towards the end of their career or David Beckham -- or even David Beckham as a coach, though I have gone way beyond my brief saying that."