Beckham-mania grips Milan ahead of loan deal

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Beckham-mania has hit AC Milan after the club's ticket line, switchboard and Web site went down on Thursday morning following the news of David Beckham's January arrival.

The Italian super-club was inundated with calls and requests from fans around the world as to when exactly Beckham will join the club.

There were also requests for when club jerseys with the players name and number will be released and fans are already in the Italian city having "Beckham" printed on their shirts.

Reports around the peninsula also suggest that the demand in tickets at the club has increased ahead of the midfielder's arrival.

The Englishman is expected to join the club in the new year on a four-month loan deal from the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

Meanwhile, the squad is in the Netherlands as it prepares for its UEFA Cup clash against Heerenveen on Thursday.

Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi should start up front and Clarence Seedorf will take Mathieu Flamini's place in midfield.