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Miami Heat star LeBron James confirmed last month that he was in discussions with David Beckham to help bring South Florida its first MLS franchise since Miami Fusion were disbanded in 2001.
James, who already owns a small share in Premier League side Liverpool, was quoted on ESPNfc.com, as saying:
There's some interest in both sides. David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure.
The research is still being made out, but I think it can be huge. But you never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There is a lot of great youth soccer here.
According to various sources, including the Independent, Beckham has the right to pay a cut-price $25 million to start up an MLS expansion franchise and is seeking investors to help with start-up costs.
"I wish it was easy," James told the Independent. "We're working on it. We'll see what happens."
Other potential investors include entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross and American Idol creator Simon Fuller, as seen on ESPNfc.com.