David Beckham has splashed out £12,500 - on a lift to his grandfather's birthday party.

The soccer ace is so determined to be on time for Joseph West's 80th birthday bash, he has hired a private jet to whisk him to the UK after he plays for Real Madrid in Spain next week.

A source is quoted in Britain's The People newspaper as saying: "When it comes to Joseph, money isn't an issue. He and David have always been very close. David wouldn't miss being there for the world."

The star - who is married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham - is known for his expensive tastes.