Ferdinand voices Beckham fears

Published Jan. 14, 2011 7:15 a.m. ET

Beckham has been training with Spurs this week and the Premier League title contenders are still attempting to agree a loan deal with LA Galaxy. But ahead of Sunday's crucial clash with Beckham's former club, Manchester United, Ferdinand, who played with the midfielder at international level, is concerned that the move could split opinion in Tottenham's dressing room. He said in the Daily Star: "There is going to be a mixed reaction from the players. Some of them will look and say, 'What is this guy actually going to bring to us?' "But I wouldn't say it's a PR stunt. Harry (Redknapp) does genuinely believe David can bring something extra to the club. "And not just on the park, because the guy is such a professional, a real example to others. It will be interesting to see how he trains and conducts himself. "There may be some unsure what a 35-year-old is going to give the team, but his professionalism is not in question." Ferdinand added: "What I think is that his professionalism, which started from his time at Manchester United, will rub off on others. "What Harry sees in David is exactly what Tottenham need right now, which is a lift. "Signing David will give the fans and players a lift, which will do something fantastic for the whole atmosphere around White Hart Lane."