Spurs' Levy in LA to seal Beckham deal
Published 23:20 05/01/11 By John Cross
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was last night thrashing out a deal with LA Galaxy to complete the signing of David Beckham.
The US club have given the green light for Beckham to go out on loan and Spurs yesterday began negotiations over the move.
Levy must agree to pay Beckham’s basic £80,000-a-week wages in his Galaxy contract and cover insurance costs.
Galaxy also want comprehensive cover after Beckham suffered a serious Achilles injury while at AC Milan last year.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp met with Levy and other board members before Tottenham’s game at Everton last night and they are keen to reach an agreement.
Tottenham are understood to be in pole position to complete the deal with Beckham’s advisers hoping to have it tied down by the end of the week.
But if the deal with Spurs falls through, Mirror Sport can reveal that West Ham are already lined up to step in with a package.
Beckham, 35, is only interested in a move back to England as his wife and three children prepare to move over from the US.
And his priority is to join a London club so he can be near his main family home in Hertfordshire. That is one of the main reasons why Tottenham appeals along with pushing for the title and the chance to put himself back in contention for an England recall.
It means a move abroad is a non-starter despite interest from foreign clubs and if Tottenham falls down then Chelsea may still be sounded out.
Beckham has already seen Manchester United rule out an emotional reunion while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he already has too many players in that position.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton have also been ruled out because of Beckham’s affection for his beloved United.
The former England captain will also look to train with an English club if a loan deal does not happen so that he can improve his match fitness and sharpness ready for when the MLS season starts again.
LA Galaxy’s first game of the season is on March 15 against the Seattle Sounders but it may be that they allow him to stay on a short while longer.
But Beckham’s first priority is Tottenham and he is desperate to play an active part in their season to help Redknapp push for the Premier League and Champions League.
At the same time it would be a huge coup for Tottenham as well as a chance for Beckham to improve his match fitness and push his England claims to Fabio Capello.