David Beckham is a wanted man these days. Granted, he’s a wanted man most days, but this time his suitors are of the on-the-pitch variety.
FOX Sports is reporting that the L.A. Galaxy have offered Beckham a one-year extension after this season that is “understood to be around $8.9 million (£5.6 million) a year,” according to the site.
Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers have gone on the offensive to sign Beckham as well, bolstered by the club recently securing an £8 million kit sponsorship with AirAsia/Malaysia Airlines, according to Paul Warburton at the Fulham Chronicle.
Fully fit and motivated to bring LA a title, Beckham is having arguably his finest season since joining MLS. He’s been warmly received on the road, and his family has adjusted very well to life in LA, which are both factors that could play in the Galaxy’s favor.
However, Beckham has stated that he’d like to play on England’s 2012 London Olympics squad as a senior member of the team, which means that a move to an EPL club in January after the MLS season wraps up could help boost his resume. It would also make sense that a club based in London would have a better chance of signing the global mega-star than a random side outside of the capital. Hence, both QPR and Tottenham Hotspur have already been open about their interest in bringing him back to England on loan.
New QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been very outspoken in his interest in signing Beckham. The latest comes from FOXSports.com:
“Environment, love, care and attention – we can offer that to (Beckham),” Fernandes said. “I’m not sure it’s for him, and I’m not sure it will fit him in January. Who knows? But I’m an ideas man, and he is an idea.”
AirAsia spokesperson Kathleen Tan also jumped in to the mix, telling the Chronicle:
“Over the years I’ve learned to take Tony (Fernandes) seriously when he says he’s going after something – no matter how difficult it might be,” she added. “No-one thought his ambitions in F1, for example, were serious – and he made that happen. … There are exciting opportunities here at QPR.”
All of this interest doesn’t just speak to Beckham’s immense popularity, but it also confirms the 36-year-old’s abilities as a player. While he’s no longer a world-class midfielder, it certainly isn’t out of the question to think he could contribute to the efforts of an EPL side with his passing, vision and rare ability on set pieces.
And it’s certainly a possibility that Beckham could come up with a situation where he joins one of the English sides on loan from January to May, plays in the Olympics in July and August, and then rejoins the Galaxy later in August (the Olympics end August 12 and recent Galaxy signee Robbie Keane jumped from the EPL to MLS on August 15 of this year, so the dates certainly could line up).
The Galaxy currently lead MLS with 55 points through 28 matches. QPR and Spurs currently both have three points through three matches early on in the EPL campaign.