Soccer icon David Beckham has triggered speculation he and his ex-pop star wife VICTORIA are expecting their fourth child.

The 30-year-old sports star sparked the rumours when his Real Madrid teammates gave him the "bumps" last week (ends21OCT05), a light-hearted ritual which happens whenever a player's partner is pregnant.

An insider says, "The last time David got the bumps was in August last year and two days later he and Victoria announced they were expecting their third child.

"Our players are given the bumps when they tell the boss their wife is pregnant - it's tradition."

David and Victoria have three boys, BROOKLYN, 6; ROMEO, 3; and CRUZ, 8 months.