Redknapp casts doubt on Beckham loan move

The chances of David Beckham joining Tottenham on loan appeared

remote Friday after Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said the

midfielder wouldn’t be fit to play a Premier League match until the

end of January.

Beckham began a monthlong training stint with Spurs this week,

and Tottenham had been in negotiations with the Los Angeles Galaxy

about signing the ex-England captain on loan until March.

But Redknapp said Beckham is still two weeks away from full

fitness and suggested it may not be worth adding him to the squad

for such a short spell.

”It’s only two months and before you know it, a month will have

gone and then it would be only a couple of weeks. So it’s a

difficult one really,” Redknapp said.

Beckham had his first day of training on Tuesday and his

presence at Spurs’ training ground in northeast London has

generated a huge amount interest.

Redknapp said there has been ”nothing flashy” about the

35-year-old Beckham and acknowledged his fitness levels weren’t up

to the required standard to play in England’s top division.

”David is a fitness fanatic but getting fit to play Premier

League football is very different to just going training on your

own and keeping your fitness up,” Redknapp said. ”He would be the

first to admit that in his first week in training he has felt

tired, and it’s going to be a couple of weeks before he is fit

enough to play.”

Spurs initially expressed interest in Beckham earlier this

month, raising the prospect of the midfielder playing for Tottenham

against his former club Manchester United in the Premier League on

Sunday.

Redknapp said he never considered that possibility.

”I never felt he’d be fit enough to play this week,” said

Redknapp, while delighted with Beckham’s impact on the team. ”It

has been good having him here. Everyone respects him, likes him. He

just comes in and just gets on with it. He’s a great role model for

any footballer.”

Beckham has been hoping that playing in the Premier League would

boost his chances of being recalled to the England squad, having

made 115 appearances.

The Galaxy, however, is reluctant to allow Beckham to go to

Europe for a third consecutive Major League Soccer offseason.

During a stint at AC Milan last season, Beckham damaged his

Achilles’ tendon and was sidelined for six months.