One of the longest-running transfer stories at the moment is David Beckham's move away from L.A Galaxy. When his contract ends in November, Beckham won't have to wait long for an offer from his admirers across the Atlantic.
But where will he end up? It has been reported that Beckham is keen on a move back to England so that he can stake a place on the British Olympic football team. However, Beckham has played in Europe before. Would an offer from rich suitors across the channel turn his head? Here are what I believe to be the five most likely destinations for the former England captain.
Could Beckham's move be on loan? While reports have linked him with a move to England to prepare him for the Olympics, others have speculated that he will opt to stay in America.
This would make sense since Beckham's family seem settled on the West coast. They recently had another child and may not want to up sticks so soon after. Regardless of this, he will move during the offseason on loan—quite possibly to one of the remaining four on the list...
Sven-Goran Eriksson has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with his former England captain. The Foxes have money and aren't afraid to spend it, so Beckham's wage demands may not be a problem.
Playing in the Championship might be, though. Even with a potential coaching role should Beckham want it, Sven acknowledged this, telling BBC East Midland, "I doubt he wants to come to the Championship and if I were in his clothes I doubt I should do that."
Another stumbling block could be the Swede's bashfulness as he added, "He has my number but I haven't spoken to him because I get embarrassed to." Aww, how sweet.
QPR's owners have made their intentions clear regarding Beckham. New owner Tony Fernandes would love to put his stamp on the club with a marquee signing, and Beckham fits the bill perfectly.
Wage demands are unlikely to cause a problem here either, with huge money from India backing the club. This could possibly be the best fit for Beckham as he is virtually guaranteed playing time.
As this would be the last move in Beckham's career, he might see himself looking a little further up the table, which could mean European football and our next club...
Arguably the biggest club on the list to have expressed interest in Beckham are PSG. Recently enriched by their new Qatari owners, money is not an issue in Paris these days. A high-profile signing like Beckham would add to the club's profile.
Beckham would also have the opportunity to work once again with Leonardo. The two worked together at AC Milan, and Leonardo has talked of the good impression Beckham's professional attitude left with him.
The French League may also suit Beckham as he enters the twilight of his career. Players are afforded slightly more time on the ball, and it is less rough and tumble than the Premiership.
Playing in France could give a new lease of life to his football as it has for Joe Cole in Lille.
The best fit for Beckham is North London and Tottenham Hotspur. Again Beckham will be able to showcase his skills not only in the league but in Europe too. One snag could be that Beckham would be part of a big squad, which may not be able to guarantee him games week in, week out.
Beckham seems to have been linked with Spurs for years, and Harry Redknapp's interest has not cooled. Speaking in August he stated, "'I don't think you would ever say no to David Beckham. He would bring a lot to any club."
Where do you think Beckham will end up—one of the teams on this list or somewhere else entirely?
Could Arsene Wenger be picking up the phone?
And Galaxy fans, what do you think of the impact that Beckham has made on your team and the MLS?
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