Beckham closes in on Tottenham loan

DAVID BECKHAM completed his first day's training at Tottenham today, with manager Harry Redknapp still hopeful a loan deal for the former England captain can be resolved.

The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder was yesterday given the green light to join in with the Spurs squad after completing a series of fitness tests at the club's training ground in Chigwell, Essex.

The 35-year-old was all smiles as he took part in an extended session at Spurs Lodge.

Beckham, 35, wrapped up warm in a light blue hat, sporting the number 77, Spurs training top and gloves as coaches Clive Allen and Joe Jordan put the players through their paces.

Former Real Madrid team-mate Jonathan Woodgate, Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane, who have both been linked with loan moves away from Spurs during the January window, and England striker Jermain Defoe were among those to share a joke with the Beckham as they took part in small circle exercises and other fitness drills.

It is understood Beckham is keen to play for Tottenham before returning to the Galaxy before their first match of the new Major League Soccer season against the Seattle Sounders on March 15.

As things stand, Beckham will only be at the club to train until February 10, with Los Angeles said to be concerned over insurance issues should their midfielder suffer another injury like he did when on loan at AC Milan ahead of the World Cup.

Beckham left Spurs Lodge just before three o'clock, and will be back again for more of the same tomorrow as the squad prepare for Sunday's clash against his former club Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp revealed Spurs had not yet given up all hope of brokering a deal with Los Angeles Galaxy to get Beckham into action on the pitch.

"There is nothing at the moment, but we will see what happens, who knows?" Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

"I am not dealing with that side, but it is good to have him here.

"David is a top player and a fantastic boy.

"Everyone respects David and looks up to him so it was good to have him here today."