Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop remains hopeful that David Beckham will make a move to the A-League (via Sky News):
At this stage, dialogue is still happening between some of our clubs and his camp, but the important thing about this is that a player of his status is even considering being part of our competition. I think it's a great time and position that the A-League's in. If it comes to pass, great. But we're not counting our chickens in relation to a contract yet.
The idea is to offer Beckham a lucrative 10-game guest stint.
Melbourne Heart | 5/1
Dominic Bossi at the Sydney Morning Herald revealed:
Fairfax Media understands Melbourne Heart became the first club to enter preliminary negotiations with Beckham's US management team after holding a teleconference on Monday night.
Beckham has lived the Milan, Madrid and L.A. lifestyle. Melbourne offers a more Beckham-esque vibe than Perth or Gosford.
Beckham will be Heart's defibrillator when it comes to putting bums on seats, since the club have one of the worst attendances in the league.
Perth Glory | Odds: 15/1
Perth is a beautiful place but it's also a quiet city, therefore being an ideal location to retire or keep a low profile.
Except, Victoria still has a career, so living in Perth for an extended period seems out of the question.
Another small problem is that two of Glory's best players, Liam Miller and Jacob Burns, operate centrally, meaning one of the two has to make way for Beckham.
Becks could be shifted out wide but Glory are already one of the slowest teams in the league. A speedster like Chris Harold seems a more logical option to start as a winger.
Here's a cheeky picture from Glory's facebook account.
Though, the publicity Beckham would bring to Glory is not only a great PR move for the club and the state, but ultimately the A-League.
Central Coast Mariners | Odds: 20/1
Mayor of Gosford City Lawrie McKinna, who is also the CCM general manager, confirmed the council would support the club's attempts to woo David Beckham.
What's going to happen with Michael McGlinchey and Tom Rogić? McGlinchey is one of the best passers in the competition and has already created three goals. Rogić is the first Australian to represent the national football and futsal team. He's one of the most gifted players you'll ever see and he needs to play week-in, week-out.
When writing on the website roundeight.com, McKinna made an astute observation about Beckham choosing Australia:
If he is looking at playing in Asia, the timing to come to the A-League is no good. So it then comes down to which one he wants to choose. If he is going to play in Europe after the January transfer window closes, he would need to do pre-season training from July so a 10 game guest appearance in Australia fits in well, if that was his choice.