Following earlier reports that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp wants to bring David Beckham to White Hart Lane, the player himself is now reportedly keen on joining his hometown club.
The only thing standing between player and club is reportedly LA Galaxy, who are reluctant to run the risk of Beckham suffering a similar injury to that of last year while on loan at AC Milan – an injury which kept the midfielder out of the World Cup and much of the MLS season.
Should the loan move go ahead, he would need to return to Galaxy for the MLS preseason in March, and so Redknapp wants the player as soon as possible so as to fully utilise the loan deal.
According to ESPN, Redknapp said: “He just said that he would like to come and play here at Tottenham. We’d have to get him quickly if it’s going to happen as he’s only available until March. I’ve left it to the people at the club. I’ve passed it on them. They’re talking to whoever they have to talk to at his club. It’s down to whether they’d let him come or not.”
David Bentley looks set to leave Spurs in order to make room for the signing of David Beckham, and Goal.com believes that Newcastle United are the most likely to sign the former Blackburn midfielder.
Spurs are willing to make a significant loss on the £15m they spent on the wide man in 2008, and Alan Pardew is thought to be an admirer of the ex-Arsenal youth’s talents.
It is thought that Bentley is likely to leave north London regardless of whether Beckham joins or not, but the ageing midfielder’s potential arrival is seen as a catalyst for Bentley’s exit.
Samba to The Lane.
It appears as though Spurs have also won the race to sign Blackburn defender Christopher Samba, who has also been linked with London rivals Arsenal and Fulham recently.
The 26-year-old asked for a transfer last month following the sacking of Sam Allardyce, and his return to the first team fray under new boss Steve Kean has done little to dispel his desire to leave and seek pastures new.
A reunion with former boss Mark Hughes, the man responsible for taking Samba to Blackburn in the first place, appeared likely at Hughes’ current club Fulham, but with Redknapp only possessing three fully fit central defenders he would pull out the stops to sign highly-rated Samba – and appears likely to get his man in the January transfer window according to Mirror Football.