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Beckham headed to Australia?

SoccerNews in MLS 16 Nov 2012

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Football Federation Australia confirmed they have been in contact with David Beckham’s management in a bid to bring him to the A-League.

Having played in Australia on several occasions to packed crowds with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham’s management have approached the FFA in an effort to bring the former England captain to an A-League club once the Major League Soccer season finishes in the United States.

The Galaxy look likely of qualifying for the MLS final on December 1 but after that Beckham could be free to join an A-League club, possibly as a guest player who can make 10 appearances.

“The approach from David Beckham’s people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in stature on a global basis,” said an FFA spokesperson in a media release on Friday afternoon.

“Beckham is superstar on the world stage and he would be another massive signing for the Hyundai A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono.

“But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage.”

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has already ruled out making an approach for Beckham, but Perth Glory have indicated they would be open to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid playmaker joining the club.

“We are always happy to speak to players of the calibre of David Beckham, who would be great for the Hyundai A-League,” said Glory chief executive Paul Kelly in a statement.

“At the end of the day it’s the coach, Ian Ferguson who makes these decisions and we as a club, have a process that we follow when recruiting players.

“But we would be mad not to seriously consider David Beckham.”

Beckham would not be the first big-name Englishman to play at Glory after former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler spent a season at Perth in 2010-11.

Currently the Glory feature another former Manchester United player on their overseas roster in Liam Miller, along with Irish striker Billy Mehmet and New Zealand international Shane Smeltz.

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