David Beckham has confirmed he intends to quit LA Galaxy when his current contract expires after six seasons in the MLS.
So where next for the 37-year-old former England captain? Here are a few options for Beckham to consider...
Presently a switch Down Under appears most likely for Beckham, and has the most momentum behind it. It emerged only a week ago that Becks had been linked with a move to the A-League, which was quickly denied, but now the player has confirmed his departure from LA on his own terms, expect it to move forward. At least four clubs in Australia have expressed an interest, Perth Glory, Melbourne Heart, Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners. The A-League recently added Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, but Beckham would be a name which would attract it even more global publicity. Life in Australia may also suit his family with the hot temperatures similar to LA.
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are two big name players who have recently been tempted to sign on with clubs in China, by the huge wages on offer. Beckham's old England teammate Frank Lampard has been linked with such a switch too over the last fortnight, so clearly the league has not finished looking at big names. Beckham is one of football's most recognisable stars around the world, and already has a huge fanbase in China from his time at United. You can be sure Beckham will be receiving offers.
PSG made a big play to sign Beckham in January of this year, and don't rule them out going back in for him again. The French club may see Beckham as much of a marketing tool as much as they do an asset on the field, but that isn't to say he couldn't have a short term role at the club going forward. With PSG still looking strong in the Champions League, they are Beckham's one last shot at success in Europe's elite competition, and the chance to play alongside Zlatan should appeal to him. We leave you with this quote from PSG president Nasser el-Khalaifi in January, "We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal. ... Maybe in the future."
Could a return to London's East End be on the horizon for Beckham? Gold and Sullivan were reported to have tried to get him back in 2010 before he signed on loan with AC Milan, and if Beckham wants to move his family back to England and London, they could be just the ticket. Who knows, if Beckham stays there long enough, he could get to head back to the Olympic Stadium, where he famously arrived on a speedboat in the opening ceremony to the 2012 Games. Former Hammer Alvin Martin thinks Becks is just the man they need; telling Talksport - "If West Ham are doing as well toward the end of the season as they are now, then why not? He'd be perfect for delivering balls to Andy Carroll."
This could be one of the most remarkable stories of the football season if it comes off, but its safe to say there are a fair few hoops to jump through first. The man at the centre of all this is an unlikely figure, US rapper Snoop Dogg. The American has said he is keen to buy a stake in Celtic, after being wowed by their Champions League win over Barcelona, and he was keen to have a 'discussion' with his LA pal David Beckham over a move. He said: “I would try and sign him up for a season... I would have to at least make that offer to my boy. We have lunch when we can, so next time, you know, I am going to speak to him about it. Never say never.” Watch this space...
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