Becks starts Spurs training

David Beckham was all smiles as he trained with Tottenham for the first time this morning.

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.

Beckham, 35, wrapped up warm in a light blue hat and Spurs training top

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.

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.

However, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has not given up on seeing the former England captain in a Spurs shirt out on the pitch.

"It's great to have him here. We worked hard to get him here hoping that he could come and play," Redknapp said on Sky Sports News.

"No-one could have worked harder than Daniel Levy, the chairman. They grafted away trying to get a deal done where he could play for us. It's a bit complicated, but you never know. We'll see how it goes.

"They work on that side of it. I've got the easy part. I just identify people, say 'I'd like to get David - I think he'd be good for us'. It's up to them. They do the hard work and put the deals on.

"He's a fit lad, he looks like he's in great condition, looks like he looks after himself he's a model professional so that won't be a

problem.

"Whether it will be possible to do it, I'm not sure."

Beckham, who returned to the UK last weekend, did not speak to any of the assembled media who had gathered to greet him yesterday after his six-hour spell at the training complex, which was broken up by a brief test at a nearby hospital.

Spurs have also been linked today with a move for veteran Everton midfielder Phil Neville - Beckham's former Manchester United team-mate - but Redknapp described that prospect as "difficult".

"He's a great player but I'm sure David Moyes knows just how important he is to his team," said Redknapp.

"He's a real leader for them and David wouldn't want to lose him so it'd be a difficult one."

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