Tottenham Hotspur's desperate race to sign the LA Galaxy star David Beckham took an unexpected twist this afternoon, when, thwarted by unending amounts of red tape, White Hart Lane officials decided to plump for whatever they could get, and promptly signed the former Manchester United and England midfielder's 11-year-old son, Brooklyn.
Spurs had been linked with Becks all week, but with the deal seemingly teetering on the edge of failure, and with the expectant fans on the edges of their seats, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took a gamble and signed the cheeky young lad who is reputed to be able to kick a football in a straight line.
Manager Harry Redknapp looked red-faced, blustered and flustered as he took his place at a news conference to announce the signing this evening. He said:
"We had hoped David would be joining us, but in this game, you sometimes have to take whatever you can get. We got a little lad. It could have been worse. I heard that Mr Levy was looking seriously at Romeo as well!"