Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has dashed Jermain Defoe's hopes of playing alongside David Beckham by saying he has no plans to sign the 37-year-old.
Beckham becomes a free agent when he plays his last game for LA Galaxy this weekend, with a host of clubs chasing his signature.
But the former England captain will not be returning to Tottenham, where he trained with the squad last year.
Villas-Boas said: "He is such a wonderful player. The rhythm of the Premier League is intense but he has so much experience of it.
"He brings so much to English football. That's why everyone is anxious to see which move he is going to take.
"It would be good to have him back in Europe, but not here, no. I don't think so."
Earlier, Defoe said: "He can come to Spurs if he wants - we'll have him here. He's a fantastic player and a credit to the game."