Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits former England skipper David Beckham is unlikely to be pulling on a black and white shirt later this month.
The Magpies have been linked with the 35-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder for several days now, but have privately played down their interest in him with Tottenham overwhelming favourites to clinch a loan deal during the American close-season.
"I have not dismissed it, but in no way are we in talks or anything like that. I have not dismissed anyone because I don't want to limit my chances here," Pardew said. "I think it is unlikely, but we have targets elsewhere which give probably more chance of fruition than that one."
He added: "People are suggesting we are in the market for him because I have said I want an offensive player and obviously, he is one of the few on the market."
Asked how far down the line Newcastle's interest is, Pardew said: "It's just really the media reports and the sound-bites that are coming out from David's end that he wants to come back to the Premier League.
"If you are a Premier League manager of any ilk, you want to be in the ball park, so to speak, if he becomes available.
"Have we put a phone call in? Not yet, no, because we are going to discuss transfers on Tuesday and the window and make sure we have a clear strategy. But he wouldn't be somebody who is top of our list."
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