Will David Beckham be in England by the next week?
Silly question. Beckham has been in England the past month, but reports from over there say the Galaxy is willing to deal.
And perhaps the most substantial word on the subject comes from a report in The Sun, which claims Beckham and his wife, Victoria, have enrolled their sons Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, 8, and Cruz, 5, into a private school near their Beckingham Palace mansion in London.
The Sun says the boys will start classes Thursday.
The Beckhams live in Beverly Hills, but Victoria -- the former “Posh Spice” from the 1990s pop group Spice Girls -- wants to be in London for the run-up to next month's “Fashion Week,” the tabloid reports.
Beckham has been linked most closely with Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club his maternal grandfather cheered on, and Sky Sports, citing “Sky Sports News sources,” reported Wednesday that L.A. would consider a loan “only if their terms are agreed” -- and those terms, the broadcaster's Web site says, are financial.
There are now 14 teams, most in England, that have signaled an interest in taking Beckham on a short-term loan, with Tottenham, Blackburn and Newcastle United making the strongest statements of desire.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who has been the most vocal suitor, told reporters Wednesday that a deal must be struck quickly. Spurs played the first of 11 games through March 11 on Wednesday, and “it can't go on too long, because otherwise it would be a waste of time ...,” Redknapp said. “It's dragged on a bit, and [the Galaxy] might not let him go. It's 50-50. We need to know, really.”
The Sun says the Tottenham possibility opened when Beckham was Christmas shopping in Harrods in London and ran into Jamie Redknapp, a former English national-teamer and Harry's son.
"David spoke to my son, and that's how it all came about,” Harry Redknapp said, according to the newspaper. “He told Jamie, 'I'd fancy playing for Tottenham -- I like the way they play.' ”
Beckham is seeking a two-month loan deal, which would enable him to report to the Galaxy before the Major League Soccer opener on March 15. Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena's only public statement on the matter has been that the 35-year-old midfielder is expected to be in camp when preseason training begins later this month.