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Sunday, January 9, 2011
ESPNsoccernet: January 10, 10:14 AM UK
Harry hopeful on Becks loan

ESPNsoccernet staff

Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is still hopeful of signing David Beckham on a two-month loan from LA Galaxy.

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The deal looked to be dead in the water on Sunday morning, with Redknapp suggesting that a problem over insurance had scuppered negotations. Reports subsequently emerged that Beckham would train with Spurs - but not play for the club.

However, in the wake of Tottenham's 3-0 FA Cup triumph over Charlton, Redknapp performed a U-turn on the situation. "I don't honestly know," he said. "That's being done above my head. Hopefully it could still happen. The situation is ongoing. I was led to believe that insurance was a problem, but apparently that's not the case."

Beckham was due to be in the stands for Spurs' FA Cup clash with Charlton on Sunday but those plans were cancelled.

The new MLS season begins in March, when Beckham will begin the final year of his deal with LA Galaxy.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on their official website: "Tottenham Hotspur is delighted to announce that England's most capped outfield player, David Beckham will train with the First Team squad. David will train with the Club until February 10 when he will be required to return to LA Galaxy ahead of the start of the MLS season."

Redknapp had added to his earlier comments by saying: "David is a fantastic professional - he will be a great influence around the place and I am sure we will all benefit from his winning mentality. I think everyone will enjoy having him here.

"We'd love to have him here for longer but respect his commitments to LA Galaxy. They wanted him back in early February so that made it difficult to do a playing deal on the basis of three weeks. "

Beckham said: "It's important that I maintain a high level of fitness during the MLS off season. I'm thankful to Tottenham and Harry Redknapp for giving me the opportunity to train with the team over the next month. I'm grateful to the LA Galaxy for allowing to me to train with Spurs. I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible."

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