Transfer talk

Beckham to train with Arsenal

January 28, 2013
By ESPN staff

David Beckham is to train with Arsenal from Tuesday as he builds up his fitness before deciding which club he will join, the Gunners have confirmed.

PA PhotosDavid Beckham won back to back MLS titles before quitting Los Angeles Galaxy

Beckham is a free agent after winding down his contract with LA Galaxy but has been in no rush to make a decision on where he will play. As he is out of contract he does not have to sign for a club by Thursday's transfer deadline.

He recently moved in to a house in London with his wife and children, fuelling speculation that he would be looking to play in England.

The likes of Queens Park Rangers and West Ham have expressed an interest in the 37-year-old, and now Arsenal have been added to the list of clubs who could sign the former England skipper. Monaco have been very strongly linked with Beckham, as well as AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, plus clubs from Australia and Brazil.

The Sun initially broke the story and reported a 'plan' had been hatched for him to train with the Gunners, with an insider quoted as saying Beckham wanted this kept "hush hush".

The report states Beckham will arrive for training on Tuesday morning with the intention of proving to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he can still operate at the highest level. But if Beckham wants regular first-team football in the twilight of his career it is difficult to see Arsenal being able to offer this.

Indeed, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Wenger said: "He (Beckham) has asked to come here and work on his fitness. He has not done anything for a long time. He called me. It is purely for fitness. There is no speculation of signing him or anything."