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Hammers want to bring Becks back 'home'

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Avram Grant has offered David Beckham the chance to come "home" and sign for West Ham.

The former England captain is said to be considering a move back to the Premier League on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, with Tottenham apparently leading the chase. But Grant has now put the Hammers forward as a potential destination for 35-year-old midfielder Beckham, who was born close to Upton Park in Leytonstone.

"There are other teams who want him, he's a big player and a big personality," said Grant. "But if David Beckham wants to come to West Ham he is welcome. I like him as a player and as a person, and he's a local lad."

He added: "Many clubs want him but if he wants to come to West Ham I would be happy."

Grant was less eager to talk about Robbie Keane, Michael Owen, Wayne Bridge and Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, who have all been linked with January moves to the Hammers.

Steve Sidwell has passed a medical and agreed terms on a switch from Aston Villa, although he is now thought to be considering offers from elsewhere.

Grant said: "I like Steve. I worked with him at Chelsea, he never let me down and he's a good person. But January stories, part of them are true and part are not. I have nothing to say until the deals are done.

"We have followed many players like many clubs, we are following players to make us strong, but we will not bring in 15 players, not even five."

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