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Poll: Where Should David Beckham Go Next?

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  David Beckham of England announces his departure from the Galaxy as a player after the MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2012 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 26, 2012

David Beckham is set to bring his six-year stay in Los Angeles to an end. With just days to go until his final match with the Galaxy, speculation is growing as to what the former England captain's next move will be.

Beckham, 37, announced last week that the MLS Cup final on Dec. 1 will be his last match with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Since joining the club in 2007, he has helped the Galaxy win one MLS Cup, with the chance for another title upcoming.

So, where will he go next? Beckham has been linked with clubs literally across the world, but only he knows where he might end up.

Keep reading for some of Beckham's potential options, then vote in the poll below.

 

New MLS club

Beckham's announcement last week included a tidbit that led some to believe he might work with a future Major League Soccer expansion club.

Here is the comment (via MLSSoccer.com): "I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future."

ESPN FC cites a report in Irish newspaper the Sunday World that said Beckham has been offered to join the newly reformed New York Cosmos as a player and joint owner.

The Cosmos are set to play in the North American Soccer League in 2013, but reportedly anticipate joining MLS in the near future (per New York Times).

Joining the Cosmos would allow Beckham to reunite with former Manchester United teammate Eric Cantona, who now serves as the Cosmos' director of soccer.

 

Paris Saint-Germain

Free-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain reportedly came close to signing David Beckham last winter when Beckham's previous contract with the Galaxy expired. But Beckham re-signed with Los Angeles citing family reasons (via Daily Telegraph).

BBC Sport linked PSG with a move for Beckham soon after his announcement last week. PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti, however, ruled out a deal (via The Guardian).

PSG have the money to lure Beckham back to Europe, but it's unclear whether or not he would uproot his family.

 

Return to Premier League

As with most of the reporting around Beckham at the moment, the stories linking him with a return to the Premier League are at times contradictory.

At once, English newspaper Metro is reporting that Beckham could return to the Premier League and also that he won't. If he does return, Metro reckons that Newcastle, Sunderland, West Ham and Everton are interested.

Most of the buzz, however, currently surrounds Queens Park Rangers. QPR recently sacked manager Mark Hughes and hired Harry Redknapp, who has declined to rule out a move for Beckham (via BBC Sport).

It's important to remember that Beckham turned down the Premier League last year before re-signing with the Galaxy (per The Guardian). Now a year older, a 37-year-old Beckham might struggle to cope with the fast, physical nature of the Premier League.

 

Australia and other options

The Associated Press (via The Australian) reports that five Australian clubs have confirmed interest in Beckham. Those five clubs were not specified in the report.

The Herald Sun reports that Melbourne Heart have made a $1.7 million move for Beckham. And Perth Glory are also interested, according to Sky Sports.

In recent months, Australia has lured former Italy international forward Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) and former England international forward Emile Heskey (Newcastle Jets).

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail has listed unnamed clubs from Brazil, China and South Africa as more possible options. Chinese clubs have lured big names like Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in recent months, and a move to Brazil would be seen as a way to raise the country's profile ahead of hosting the 2014 World Cup.

 

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