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Victoria Beckham's former Spice Girls bandmates are among the stars who have offered their congratulations following news she is pregnant with her fourth child.

The singer-turned-fashion designer and her soccer ace husband David announced on Sunday (09Jan11) they are set to welcome another baby later this year (11), a sibling for their sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

In a post on his Facebook.com page, sportsman Beckham writes, "I've got some great news to tell you all. Victoria and I are expecting our fourth child this summer. The boys are very excited about the arrival of a new brother or sister."

And his wife's Spice Girls bandmates have rushed to congratulate their pal on her pregnancy.

Emma Bunton, who is currently expecting her second child, sent a message to Beckham on Twitter.com declaring, "Yeah! It's such brilliant news!", while Melanie Brown adds, "Congrats!"

Mum-to-be Victoria took to the website on Monday (10Jan11) to thank her famous friends and fans for their well-wishes.

In a post, she writes, "Thank u so much for your kind and beautiful messages! We are all so happy and very excited!"