Club Focus – Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs keen on Beckham as Bale shines again

It was in the post match interview of Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with fellow London side Fulham where manager Harry Redknapp revealed that former England captain David Beckham was keen on a January transfer move to White Hart Lane.

The proposed transfer would see the 35-year-old midfielder make his first appearance as a player in England since 2003 when he departed the country to move to Real Madrid. Since then Beckham has played for Los Angeles Galaxy and had two loan spells at Italian giants Milan. A move to Tottenham would see Beckham rejoin the side where he played some of his youth career, between the years of 1987 and 1991, before he made his move to Manchester United as a 15-year-old. Now 20 years later, it seems a move to Spurs is on the cards after Redknapp revealed Beckham fancies a move to London.

The potential arrival of Beckham at Tottenham would be the perfect signing for Redknapp as he looks to change his squad around during the January transfer window, and with midfielders David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar set for the exit door, Beckham could provide ideal cover for Aaron Lennon. However, with Lennon in such good form for Spurs this season, Beckham may have to fight for a starting spot in such a competitive side.

Lennon has not been the only impressive Spurs winger. Gareth Bale has excelled and it was Bale’s 11th goal of the season that gave his side victory over Mark Hughes’ Fulham side at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day. An insipid first half display from both sides created little in chances but Bale rose highest to direct Rafael van der Vaart’s fiercely struck free-kick to give his side all three points and take Spurs into the Champions League places.

The combination of van der Vaart and Bale proved to be vital yet again for the home side. In what was a lacklustre display by Tottenham, the performances of the Dutchman and the young Welshman proved key in the London side’s victory. Another player who has been important – indeed, the centre of activity in most of Tottenham’s attacking play – has been Croatian playmaker Luka Modric. Fully settled in Tottenham colours, Modric has provided some sparkling displays in the centre of midfield.

Spurs’ victories over the Christmas period have stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches and Tottenham are now considered genuine title contenders in this season’s competitive Premier League. Nevertheless Spurs face tricky matches in what Redknapp sees as an important month in their title challenge with games at Newcastle United and against Manchester United just two fixtures of a busy January.

With the expected arrival of Beckham gaining more and more press and a very successful Christmas period, matters are looking up for Tottenham but Redknapp will want his side to push on and start challenging the teams who sit above them in their charge for the title.

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