Despite interest from around the globe it appears the England legend will settle his family in London as of 2013. Does that give West Ham, QPR and even PSG an edge in the race for his much coveted signature?
As one of the most famous human beings on the planet there was never any doubt that David Beckham was going to attract plenty of interest in his signature when he announced his decision to not play for the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of 2012.
Since then many teams have been linked with a move for the England legend including clubs from Brazil, Australia and the Middle East but recent developments would likely suggest those options are not exactly viable anymore.
According to BBC Sport Beckham plans to settle in London next year; putting the education of his children at the top of his priorities in a decision based mainly on the interests of his family.
While he could be based in London and play almost anywhere you would have to suggest that locations such as Australia and afar are now out of the question; while it is also understood that Monaco have pulled out of a potential deal.
The other bonus with the signing of Beckham is how cheap he is in relation to the amount of income he generates. Becks can afford to take a small salary and bump the rest of his earnings up with image rights; of which the club themselves would pocket a mini-fortune on top.
So while he is expected to talk to anything up to 11 teams next week about his future; given the most recent news where on earth is he most likely to end up?
West Ham United
While The Guardian believes that a move to the Premier League is out of the question you have to believe that cannot be entirely true. When questioned on the matter after Becks made an appearance at Upton Park last weekend Sam Allardyce was non-committal on the subject and you can be sure The Hammers will be in touch.
Harry Redknapp tried to snap him up last year whilst in charge at Tottenham but troubles with insurance details with LA Galaxy for their prized asset put paid to any deal. Whether Becks would relish a relegation dogfight at this point in his career remains to be seen.
He has worked with both Leonardo and Carlo Ancelotti before and Les Parisiens are essentially owned by the Qatari government who would love to bring him to Ligue 1. Paris is certainly not too far from a London dwelling and is becoming the bookies favourite on the subject of Beck’s next location.
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