David and Victoria Beckham expecting fourth child

David and Victoria Beckham with sons Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo (front left to right)
Image caption The Beckham family appeared together at the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards

David and Victoria Beckham are expecting their fourth child in the summer, it has been announced.

The Los Angeles-based couple already have three sons, Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, eight, and Cruz, five. The boys are said to be "very excited".

Former Manchester United and England star David has been married to ex-Spice Girl Victoria since 1999.

Mrs Beckham's spokeswoman declined to give a more specific due date or say how far advanced the pregnancy was.

She said both their families were "naturally delighted" at the news.

The news comes on the day it was also announced that 35-year-old Mr Beckham has agreed to train with Tottenham until 10 February.

Earlier in the day it was thought the LA Galaxy star would not actually play for the club as insurance premiums had made a deal too complicated.

But Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp later said he has not totally given up hope of the midfielder playing and talks were "ongoing".

The Beckhams, who also own a mansion in Hertfordshire, are currently in the UK and are expected to stay until February when Mr Beckham will return to LA Galaxy and his wife attends the New York Fashion Week.

In December, Mr Beckham was given a standing ovation as he received the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual live TV event.

Fashion and football

He is England's most capped outfield player and a former captain, and won six Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United.

He went on to win the Spanish league with Real Madrid after a £25m move from United before joining LA Galaxy. He has also spent two loan spells at Italian giants AC Milan.

The Spice Girls dominated the music charts in the late 90s with hits such as Wannabe, Mama and 2 Become 1.

The group, who reformed for a world tour in 2007, have sold 75 million records.

Mrs Beckham, 36, has swapped pop for fashion in recent years, launching her own successful label.

She told the February 2011 issue of Vogue magazine she was open to the idea of having another child.

"Maybe one day another baby, but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim," she said.

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