Heart joins growing queue to secure Beckham

Fox Sports tweets Beckhams’ iminent announcement. Soccer Superstar David Beckham from L.A Galaxy trains at Carltons home ground in Melbourne before his game against Melbourne Victory.
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David Beckham pleases the kids, in Newcastle, November 2010.

MELBOURNE Heart and Perth Glory are the first of two A-League clubs to have formally registered an interest in bidding for superstar David Beckham after it was confirmed that the former England captain was interested in continuing his career in the A-League.

Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar, the defending A-League champion, are also reckoned to be potential candidates to snare his signature.

Lou Sticca, the Melbourne-based sports management consultant who has close links with Beckham’s management team through his business dealings with LA Galaxy, is the point man in Australia for any deal. Sticca negotiated to bring Galaxy out to Melbourne last year when Beckham played against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

Football Federation Australia has confirmed that it has received an approach from an agent representing Beckham’s management ”in relation to an A-League club acquiring Beckham’s services in season 2012-13”.

FFA says ”discussions are at an early stage and FFA is exploring the options available”.

While Melbourne Heart immediately threw its hat in the ring – chief executive Scott Munn talked of the club offering the superstar equity in the team and the chance to leave a legacy by having some ”skin in the game” – the league’s biggest team, Victory, quickly ruled itself out.

Coach Ange Postecoglou said he would not be pursuing the ex-Manchester United and AC Milan star.

”That’s great if he is [interested in playing in Australia]. Would we be interested? No.”

With Sydney FC already hosting the biggest name in the A-League, Alessandro Del Piero, the Wanderers suddenly loom as a far more realistic option for Beckham.

Also on the Wanderers’ side is that the FFA owns the club – meaning that the money could come directly from chairman Frank Lowy.

Brisbane would also be in the mix because it’s believed its billionaire owners, the Bakrie Group, would see Beckham as the ideal way to put Brisbane Roar on the map globally – and to fill out the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, something it has only ever done when hosting the grand final.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

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