Spurs and Beckham's LA Galaxy plan strategic alliance

Wed Feb 9, 2011 12:22pm GMT

By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Premier League Tottenham Hotspur and David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy are planning closer ties that could lead to players crossing the Atlantic in both directions.

Tim Leiweke, president of the American sports and entertainment giant AEG that owns the Galaxy and is bidding in partnership with Spurs to take over the London 2012 Olympic stadium after the Games, told reporters the two sides were forging a strategic alliance.

"We have an existing relationship now with Tottenham where we are beginning to think outside the box on football and how we do things together on football," he said in a conference call from Los Angeles.

"Whether that's David Beckham training (with Spurs) or maybe players from Tottenham coming to the Galaxy, playing games against each other.

"Strategically you'll see more of an alliance between us and Tottenham long term," added Leiweke.

Former England captain Beckham, 35, has been training with north London side Tottenham but hopes of a short-term loan deal during the Major League Soccer (MLS) close season have come to nothing.

Leiweke said he wanted Beckham back in Los Angeles for the start of the season.

"I am the one that made the decision in asking David to come back and play a full season in MLS because we haven't been able to do that, be it for loans or injury," he said.   Continued...

<p>David Beckham during a stint with AC Milan, January 25, 2009. REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>
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