Harry Redknapp has hinted he could attempt to bring David Beckham to Tottenham when his Los Angeles Galaxy contract expires in December.
Beckham has been training with Spurs in recent weeks but the two clubs were unable to agree a short-term loan deal for the former England captain.
The veteran midfielder is expected to head back across the Atlantic to rejoin Galaxy next week, but that does not spell the end of Redknapp's interest in the talented wideman.
And the White Hart Lane boss revealed that Beckham has been producing passes in training on a par with Rafael van der Vaart's sublime effort to pick out Peter Crouch in the 1-0 win over Blackburn on Wednesday, seemingly at will.
When asked about a future approach, Redknapp said: "I could do, yeah. I love him, I love the way he plays. That ball that Van der Vaart hit for Crouchy, David hit about seven of them the other morning in training.
"It was like he had radar and Crouchy kept heading them in the goal. I kept saying 'That's what I have been asking you to do lads'.
"David has been fantastic. He is a top-class bloke. He has been great around the place. You would love to have him at your club."
Redknapp was quick to pay tribute to the determination and work ethic of the 35-year-old during his stint with the north London club and remains disappointed he was not able to turn out in a Spurs shirt.
He said: "I think David will go back on the ninth (of February). I would like to have had him playing as he has looked great in training.
"He is so slim and so fit, he is a fanatical trainer. He works in the morning and the afternoon in the gym. He just loves playing football.
"He could be at home now sitting around the pool. I am sure he has a decent enough semi in Los Angeles but he is over here wanting to play football. Most footballers would want to be in Los Angeles.
"But that is what has made him what he is. He wants to keep playing and he is a mega rich man. He just loves the game."