The A-League is the process of trying to add another huge name to its competition, this time the target is former England star David Beckham.
Beckham, who became one the world’s biggest names whilst at Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan, is in the final stages of his deal with the LA Galaxy and after his last game for the club on December 1st, Beckham is said to be strongly considering a move Down Under.
The star international signings of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono have helped the A-League renew interest in Australia’s national competition, drawing bigger crowds and attracting new fans, after the league spent many a year toiling in mediocrity. Signing Beckham would take interest in the A-League to a new level.
Due to roster commitments that most clubs already have, Beckham may only be able to sign on for a 10-game stint, but the 37-year-old is supposedly open to a more permanent opportunity.
Beckham has been with the Galaxy for four seasons earning roughly $6.5 million a year, a figure that looks a little lofty for just about every A-League club. His move to Australia would be dependent on Football Federation Australia helping out financially.
The Melbourne Victory were said to be the original team with interest in Beckham, but coach Ange Postecoglou put that notion to rest on Friday.
“That’s great if he is (interested in coming to the A-League), would we be interested? No,’’ Postecoglou said.
Clubs in Sydney and Melbourne, where Melbourne Heart FC also reside, are thus far the more likely destinations for a Beckham arrival.
Beckham starred at Manchester United from 1993 until 2003 and played 115 matches for England.
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