Clubs and FFA are bullish, but is Beckham interested?

By Martin Smith, Yahoo!7 November 19, 2012, 9:56 am

Up to five A-League clubs are believed to be interested in luring football superstar David Beckham to Australia, but the man himself says he’s not keen on the idea.

Reports emerged on Friday that Beckham's management had been approached in a bid to bring the former England captain to the A-League, most likely for a 10-game guest stint in the coming months.

New Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop confirmed on Friday night that discussions had begun with one of Beckham’s representatives.

That led to several A-League clubs publically putting their hat in the ring for the 37-year-old, with Fairfax reporting on Monday that one unidentified club had already made an offer.

Perth Glory’s millionaire owner Tony Sage has been bullish about luring Beckham to Western Australia, saying it would be a one of his greatest personal achievements.

"We are seriously looking at it," Sage said.

"We are getting indications from (player agent) Lou Sticca and asking him the right questions. He is doing most of the work. We understand Beckham's management is looking at various leagues and the A-League is one of them, but there is genuine interest."

Melbourne Heart and Adelaide United also publically expressed their interest in Beckham over the weekend.

It is understood Western Sydney Wanderers are another club in the mix.

But as clubs scrambled to launch their bids over the weekend, the man himself poured cold water on the idea.

"Yeah (LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena) told me that this morning," Beckham said when asked about the rumours.

"That's the first I've heard of that, this morning. But no, definitely not true."

Despite those comments, Gallop says there is no reason for the A-League to be disheartened, with Beckham's representatives likely to be shopping him around without his knowledge.

"It was a similar situation with (Alessandro) Del Piero, and we all know that came to be," Gallop said.

"So let's just see how this plays out. It's an exciting proposition - no one would deny that."

Central Coast Mariners have also been sending mixed messages in regards to Beckham.

While Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull ruled the club out of the running, businessman John Singleton threw his financial weight behind any bid to lure Beckham to the Central Coast.

Mariners director of football Lawrie McKinna said the club would "have a go" in signing Beckham.

"David Beckham would put the Central Coast on the world stage," he told News Ltd.

"We can't do it on our own and we need help from Singo, FFA, and Gosford and Wyong councils to put a package together.

"Singo is passionate about anything that's going to help the Central Coast.

"There's a long way to go but we're going to be in there having a go."

Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory have ruled themselves out of the running for Beckham, while coach-less Sydney FC and financially-troubled Newcastle Jets are unlikely destinations.

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  1. alienconcepts07:17pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    we prefer destiny's child to the spice girls .....

  2. ohhh that hurts.06:38pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    too many poms out here on 475 visas escaping the muslims ,don't need another!

  3. MB04:57pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He'll be more keen in five years...when he's 42....and can only run for 15 minutes in a game....we'll still be pathetically grateful.....

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  4. Red_Herring04:49pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Jones why arent you using your other I.D. Claudia the transvestite?..and by the way how are your pasty skinned pommy cricket team going..hahahaha ANOTHER FLOGGING!!

  5. Red_Herring03:54pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He's still an overrated POMMY GIT.

  6. rainman_abroad03:39pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Just for the record, he isn't a Cockney, nor even from London he is from Essex

  7. Red_Herring03:35pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    We dont need the most overrated cockney nancy boy here anyway,or maybe POMMY Abbott wants him here to use him as his bum chum altar boy.I wonder why Abbott was kicked out of the priesthood?...HMMM

  8. Stanislaw03:30pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Beckham should stay exactly where he is .... far away from Oz .. Wonder how many full games he'd play anyway.....mmmmmm

  9. Sunnyvale Lahey03:10pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This is almost as funny as the reports that American Football teams were lining up to sign Willie Mason...

  10. 'Breaker' Morant02:34pm Monday 19th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who apart from his own ego thinks that Becham has anything to offer Aussie soccer!!




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