David Beckham Training with Arsenal: Most Likely Transfer Destinations for Becks
News emerged on Tuesday that free agent David Beckham was training with Premier League club Arsenal in a bid to regain fitness before completing his long awaited move to a new club—but fans are still waiting to see who the former England midfielder eventually signs with.
Beckham left MLS side LA Galaxy upon the expiration of his contract in December, with victory in the MLS Cup his final match Stateside.
BBC report that Beckham has been training with Arsenal—though boss Arsene Wenger is adamant that there is no transfer speculation surrounding the situation, merely that Beckham wants to get fit.
As a free agent, Beckham is of course not restricted to the transfer window meaning that he can sign for a team after the January 31 deadline—but sooner or later he will want to make up his mind so he can play a significant part for his new team before the end of the season.
Here are the most likely destinations, seemingly, at present for David Beckham.
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French side PSG are one of the favourites to sign Beckham, according to Metro.co.uk.
The former Real Madrid man worked with coach Carlo Ancelotti while he spent time in Italy with AC Milan on loan so the manager is certainly aware of his capabilities, while Malian midfielder Momo Sissoko continues to be linked with a move away (via Goal.com).
A spot may therefore soon open up for an experienced head to aid and guide the younger members of the team such as the impressive Marco Verratti.
Beckham's likely sizable wages would present no problem for PSG to subsidies, while the player himself will, as always, relish the chance to be a part of a team challenging for major trophies.
West Ham United
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Beckham has stated previously that he would not prefer to join another English team, having played for so long for his first club Manchester United.
However, he also spent part of his youth career with Tottenham Hotspur, having grown up in London, and manager Sam Allardyce is a known admirer of the player.
He has admitted he would like to bring Beckham to Upton Park, though refused to confirm whether or not he was to be successful in the bid when pressed recently (as per Mirror Football).
West Ham certainly aren't favourites, but if Beckham does change his mind and decide to have one last crack at the Premier League then the 12th-placed side might be as high as he can attract for now.
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It is not hugely likely, perhaps, but still possible, that David Beckham returns to Italy for a third spell with AC Milan.
Goal.com reported that AC Milan boss Mass Allegri stated:
"[We are] only negotiating for Kaka, so there will be no Mario Balotelli or David Beckham"
However, Milan have on Tuesday agreed terms to sign Manchester City forward Balotelli, and the Kaka move from Real Madrid has been dead in the water for some time, so don't completely rule out a surprise return for Beckham as well to the San Siro.
Outsiders: Australia, Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal
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Several other parties have been linked with a move for Beckham
Australian A-League duo Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory were credited with an early interest in signing him (as per Guardian) but no further news has emerged over that potential move, and it may be that Beckham would prefer to take on a more high-profile league.
His move to the MLS was seen as a coup for the game in America, and Australia would view it the same way—but there is bigger sporting success to be had in the more established, and globally viewed, European stage.
The Premier League's bottom side Queens Park Rangers have also been mentioned in passing—but then again, they are pretty much looking for any player with ability who might help them in their quest to avoid relegation. Harry Redknapp is quoted in the Guardian as saying that Beckham could still have an impact in England's top flight, but if that is the case, and Beckham wants to prove as much, it's a fair bet he will have more attractive offers than QPR.
Arsenal themselves are a final outside bet.
Wenger has given assurances that Beckham's training with the club is merely for fitness purposes, but should he show at close quarters that he can still offer plenty to a club with a fair few youthful midfielders on their books then the French manager may be tempted to offer Beckham one more fling with the Champions League and the top of the Premiership.