David Beckham is considering his next move after leaving L.A. Galaxy
The 37-year-old has been linked with moves across the globe, covering Europe, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China, but he is still mulling over his options before making a final move of his playing career.
A possible move to Monaco in the French second division appears to have floundered on wage demands, though. Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri had viewed Beckham as a potential catalyst for promotion back to Ligue 1.
Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers have been credited with an interest after manager Harry Redknapp voiced his admiration of the player after he trained with Tottenham under the former White Hart Lane boss in 2011.
QPR are desperate for a fresh impetus after failing to claw their way out of the relegation zone so far this season.
Any move for Beckham would also hinge on wage demands, and although club owner Tony Fernandes would love to see the footballing icon play at Loftus Road, club finances may say differently. Additionally, it is doubtful Beckham would want his swan song taking place during a relegation dogfight.
One club that does possess the financial muscle to bring in Beckham is Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG owners Qatar Investment Authority made bold statements in the transfer market in the summer when they signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti took Beckham on loan from L.A. Galaxy in 2009, and the move rejuvenated the England star’s career. In November, Ancelotti dismissed a possible move for Beckham, but the mutual admiration between the two may see a move to Paris resurface.
Brazil might not be the obvious choice for Beckham, but the PR generated by bringing the iconic player to South America ahead of the 2014 World Cup would be enormous.
Australian sides Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory were also interested in the midfielder, but Beckham’s recent informal chat with Perth owner Tony Sage appeared to end any thoughts of the player moving Down Under.
Beckham has made shrewd moves throughout his career, carefully plotting his course across four different countries with the biggest clubs in the world. China, in particular, would make for an intriguing place to end his playing days. The country has already tempted high-profile figures such as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka to their shores.
Beckham would also need to consider his family’s needs. His wife, Victoria, for instance, is no longer on a 1990s pop music star and is instead making her name at the posh end of the high street with her fashion label.
At 37, Beckham still has the world at his feet and his pick of high-profile moves across the globe.
Many high-profile footballers have ended their careers playing for their local club, and it could be no different for the Leytonstone-born Beckham.
It may only need Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn to pick up the phone.