The house David Beckham lived in as a baby has attracted three offers of £1m (€1.18m) or about four times its value, according to a London businessman handling the sale.

The modest three-bedroomed mid-terrace property in Leytonstone, north east London, is just a stone's throw away from a busy dual carriageway and a railway line, and similar houses in the area normally sell for around £250,000 (€300,000).

Local businessman Colin Evans said its owners were now weighing up the bids and would make a decision on which to accept later this week.

He said: 'What we are doing is we are still holding on because the owner is still deciding which one is going to have it.'

The first offer for the house, which was advertised on the Gumtree website, was believed to come from an unnamed Australian Beckham enthusiast.

Mr Evans would not say where the two new offers originated.

He discovered the house's history while researching a book on famous people from Leytonstone.

House was football star's first home

He knocked on the door and surprised the current owners with the news.

'At first they weren't too happy, and didn't know if I was telling the truth or not, but they did their own research, found out I was and contacted me,' he said.

'They were very moved when they found out, and they made me the sole agent for the sale.'

The advert for the house gives the price as £850,000 (€1m) and describes it as a lovely town house with wooden floors and French windows opening onto the garden.

Mr Evans said Mr Beckham's family lived at the house on Norman Road when the future England football captain was born at nearby Whipps Cross University Hospital on May 2 1975, before moving to Chingford in 1977.