David Beckham prepared to take pay cut and gives up image rights to land Tottenham deal

11 January 2011 09:42
David Beckhamreported yesterdayfor his first trainingwith Tottenham aschairman DanielLevy continued to exploreways to strike a loan dealwith Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham had a series of medicaland fitness tests at Spurs Lodgeand is desperate to play for HarryRedknapp's team for the shortperiod before the MLS season startsin March.

England's most-capped outfieldplayer has agreed to take a significantcut to his basic wage and doesnot propose to demand any imagerights payments from Tottenham.

Sight for sore eyes: Beckham at Spurs Lodge in a Tottenham training kit

He will also cover his insurancecosts to smooth the way for a short-termdeal because he knows Galaxyare sensitive after he ruptured anachilles tendon playing on loan forAC Milan last March.

All this, however, may not beenough to secure an emotionalreturn to English football. The majorstumbling block appears to be thedate set for Beckham's return to theUS before the first game of the MLSseason on March 15.

Galaxy want him to report on February10 for pre-season training andwarm-up games, whereas Spurswere hoping to keep him into earlyMarch, claiming that by performingin the Barclays Premier League hewill be ready to hit the groundrunning in the US season.

Last year, Landon Donovan spenttwo months on loan at Everton fromGalaxy, played 13 games for theMerseysiders and flew back to LosAngeles after playing againstBirmingham on March 13.

Precedent: Landon Donovan spent part of last season on loan at Everton from LA Galaxy

The MLS season started onMarch 27.At Spurs, the initial reactionto Beckham's physicalwork yesterday was that,although the tendon hashealed well and seemedstrong , he wouldneed time to sharpenhimself to the paceof the PremierLeague.

Now 35, hehas notplayed agame for nearly two months. Heinjured his groin 15 minutes into hislast appearance for Galaxy but soldieredon through the rest of a 3-0loss to Dallas in the MLS WesternConference championship game inNovember.

Ready for action: Beckahm brings his running trainers and football boots to Spurs Lodge

It was his fourth gameback from the achilles injury.For this reason, Tottenham havevetoed the idea of a deal until mid-February.

If Beckham were to returnto LA on February 10, it would leavehim available for only five games,and manager Redknapp may not consider him ready to playmuch of a role in Sunday's showdownagainst his former clubManchester United.

Both clubs must be willingto compromise a little beforean agreement can bereached.Beckham operates under acomplicated contract atGalaxy, where he is paid anannual salary estimated tobe worth about £32million ayear, a package whichincludes several marketingspin-offs.

He has agreed to playfor Spurs on a basicwage of £80,000-a-week and there isno loan fee involved but Galaxyexpect the London club to contributeto a proportion of the rest of hiswage.

'It's a complex situation,' saidTottenham coach Tim Sherwood.

Chairman Levy was still in negotiationslast night with Tim Leiweke,the chief executive of AEG, thecompany which owns Galaxy and isalso Tottenham's partner in theirbid to move into London's OlympicStadium.

No one seems willing to acceptdefeat in the plan, least of allBeckham, who wants to prove toEngland manager Fabio Capellothat he is fit enough to add to his 115international caps.

England's nextgame is a friendly in Denmark onFebruary 9, before a Euro 2012 qualifieragainst Wales in Cardiff on March26 and a friendly against Ghana atWembley, three days later.

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