Tottenham hint at future David Beckham move

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would like to sign David Beckham when his Los Angeles Galaxy contract expires as the north London club keep up their bid for a Champions League spot.

After much speculation about the possibility of Beckham joining on loan last month, the former England skipper instead trained with Spurs.

Redknapp has not ruled out signing Beckham when his deal runs out in November, even though the player will be 36.

Redknapp said: "I could do, yeah. I love him, I love the way he plays."

Spurs are fifth in the Barclays Premier League, three points behind Chelsea, and tomorrow host Bolton.

Bolton are eighth after their late victory over Wolves and manager Owen Coyle acknowledges they have a tough fixture.

"But we had a great win against Tottenham earlier in the season so we'll go there in good heart and look to be positive in the game," he said.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart paid tribute to former striker Neil Young, whose death from cancer was announced yesterday.

Hart said: "Neil was part of the history of this club and was held in high regard by everyone."

City host West Brom tomorrow as they bid to close the eight-point gap on city rivals and league leaders United.

West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo is frustrated by decisions that have gone against his side but would never condone his players putting undue pressure on officials.

He said: "For me, that's the wrong message. It shouldn't be the case that six players have to go and complain to the ref to get the decision.

"That's just wrong. If that has to be the case, then we're going to go down a difficult route.

"I don't want to ask my players to do that."

Newcastle host Arsenal after a difficult week which has seen them lose strikers Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool, and Shola Ameobi through injury.

The Magpies are 10th, six points off the drop zone, and captain Kevin Nolan urged the team to pick themselves up.

He said: "It's just disappointing because a couple of weeks ago we were looking at mixing with the big boys again."

Jermaine Pennant is looking forward to a home game as Stoke host Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium in tomorrow's early kick-off.

The Potters have endured a run of four away games in all competitions with their two league encounters ending in defeats at Fulham and Liverpool.

Pennant told the club's official website, "It will be a totally different proposition because for starters the game is at our place and everyone knows what it is like for opponents coming here."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has had little good news in the run-up to the game, with Lee Cattermole set to miss three more weeks.

The 22-year-old has not played since the Black Cats' 2-0 Barclays Premier League home defeat by Blackpool on December 28, an absence of six games, because of a persistent back problem.

Everton host Blackpool in a vital game for both sides who are too close to the drop zone for comfort.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has hailed retiring Manchester United full-back Gary Neville as a model for young footballers, saying: "The way he's played has been an inspiration to everybody. Young people should look at him as a shining example of determination and professionalism. He's done his club and country proud."

Both Aston Villa and Fulham will be looking to continue their respective moves away from the relegation zone, second-bottom Wigan host Blackburn while rock-bottom Wolves meet Manchester United.