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Jan 4, 2011

Chelsea out, Spurs in for Beckham

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is one of the few Premier League managers who has ruled himself out of a move to sign David Beckham in the January transfer window.

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Beckham has been linked with a loan move to Tottenham with Blackburn, Newcastle and Sunderland also expressing interest in the former England captain, who is currently in the close season with his Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

Ancelotti worked with Beckham, 35, during his loan spell at AC Milan two seasons ago but is not interested in being re-united with the player.

"I read Beckham would like to come back for Tottenham. He is a fantastic professional player and could be good support for Tottenham if he comes back," Ancelotti said. "But we are not interested. In that position we have good players.''

Tottenham remain the favourites to sign Beckham on a short-term loan and on Tuesday manager Harry Redknapp reiterated his desire to sign the veteran.

"I don't know what's happening there," Redknapp said. "It's a difficult one. It's such a short-term thing. If David's only available till March, it's a difficult one

"It's possible. I don't know whether they'd loan him - it's their decision, you know. The whole thing would be down to the chairman at the club and the people at LA Galaxy.

"It wouldn't be a case of David walking in and playing the first game of the season. As I've said many times he'd be great to have around the place. I'm sure he's still got a lot to offer as a player and a person."

It was claimed that key figures at Spurs had indicated a preference for Ajax striker Luis Suarez.

Asked about the speculation, though, Redknapp joked: "Yeah, I've heard of him. Plays for Ajax. He's a very good player but there nothing in that for the moment."

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has also confirmed he would be interested in signing Beckham. Bruce, who played alongside Beckham at Manchester United in the mid-90s, has now revealed he would like to take the player to the Stadium of Light.

Bruce said he had spoken to the player but that the "conversation remains private", although he added: "If you want to say we're interested, yes, we can be.

"I think it's up to David in what he does. I did invite him to Take That, which he's declined - unfortunately he was back at LA at the time - so that was the conversation I had rather than playing for us.

"I'm not too sure what he's up to really, but I think he'd prefer to stay in London."

He added: "He's still got ability. He's a good player. As we've seen last year and the year before when he's gone out to Milan, he's got something to offer. For a short-term, he can give the club an injection, if you like, because of his presence."

Blackburn have also confirmed they would like to sign Beckham on loan, while Wigan manager Roberto Martinez joked it was a done deal.

"It is done," Martinez said. "We have already signed him! We can dream about that one."

He added: "You look at the experience David Beckham brings, more than anything, with England and during his time in Spain and Italy.

"Any squad of players will benefit. Any player who trains with him will benefit. What he brings on the pitch is an added bonus. That can only be a positive for any team in the Premier League."

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