Redknapp: Beckham could arrive Sunday
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is hoping to tie up a two-month loan deal for David Beckham by Sunday.
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Redknapp says there is a "good chance" a deal will happen for Beckham and hopes the 35-year-old will come to watch the club's FA Cup third-round match against Charlton Athletic on Sunday.
"I think he could be here on Sunday possibly if what I'm being told on the grapevine is right," said the Spurs manager. "The clubs are talking and there is a good chance it will happen.
"Hopefully he will come to the game. I'm not 100 per cent sure but he could be here on Sunday.
If Beckham's arrival is secured this weekend, he could go straight into the squad for Spurs' match against the midfielder's former club Manchester United the following Sunday.
Negotiations began over a loan deal for Beckham last weekend after Redknapp revealed his son, Jamie, had talked to the former Real Madrid man about a loan deal during the Major League Soccer close season.
The Spurs manager warned the American side earlier this week that a deal would have to be sorted out soon as the Galaxy are thought to be keen for Beckham to return for the start of the new season in March, which would give the star around only eight weeks at White Hart Lane.
Accurate crossing for Crouch
Redknapp is now confident the deal will go ahead though, and is convinced that Beckham will provide an ability to cross the ball that was lacking in the Londoners' 2-1 defeat to Everton in midweek.
"I wouldn't bring him here if I didn't think he had something to offer," Redknapp said. "We're not talking about long-term but I'd love to have him around the place. He would lift the level of the other players, people would respond to playing with him and having him around and he would be a good influence around the place.
"He could be a massive player for us. He has the ability to do some of the things that we don't do well. The other night we played Peter Crouch up front. Alan Hutton hits him with one great ball, he heads the ball down and Rafa van der Vaart scores.
"Other than that he [Crouch] didn't get too many opportunities because we didn't put the ball where we should be putting the ball . David Beckham has that ability to drop the ball on his head 19 times out of 20 and that's important."