Friday, 7 January 2011

Beckham to complete loan move to Tottenham

David Beckham is on the verge of completing a  loan move to Tottenham after the deal was given the green light by Los Angeles Galaxy.
Spurs expect to wrap up a two-month loan switch before the weekend after the MLS club were persuaded to allow Beckham to return to the Premier League on a short-term basis to build up his fitness.
The 35-year-old superstar is in line to make an emotional debut for the Londoners against former club Manchester United at White Hart Lane on January 16. The club hope to introduce him to the crowd at Sunday's FA Cup clash against Charlton.
Spurs will pay the former England captain a salary package worth around £120,000-a-week on top of a loan fee - believed to be £500,000 - and expect him to be available for at least eight Premier League fixtures plus a Champions League clash away at AC Milan.
The move had been cast into doubt on Tuesday as it emerged that LA Galaxy were reluctant to let their prize asset leave on loan, while Spurs manager Harry Redknapp admitted to concerns about whether the deal would go ahead.
But MLS and Galaxy powerbrokers finally gave the go-ahead late on Tuesday after talks with Beckham's representatives, who will now meet with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to conclude the deal.
The talks that led to LA Galaxy's decision to allow Beckham to return to Europe were smoothed by the fact they are owned by entertainment giant AEG, Spurs' partners in their bid to take over the Olympic Stadium after London 2012.
It will be Beckham's third loan switch since he moved to Los Angeles in 2007 after successive loan spells at AC Milan in the last two seasons.
He is expected to be restricted to a role as a squad player at White Hart Lane but is eager to prove to England coach Fabio Capello that he is still capable of performing at the highest level.
Beckham, who previously said he would only return to England to play for Manchester United, also feels an emotional pull to Tottenham because he grew up close to the area and his grandfather, a great influence on his career, was an avid Spurs supporter.

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