Beckham poised to take charge of MLS franchise

David Beckham has moved closer to taking control of a new MLS franchise in Miami, Florida, ESPN is reporting.

The former LA Galaxy star, who also played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, has being weighing up the possibility of owning an MLS franchise in Florida for several months, the Daily Mail claimed, and is now in the final round of negotiations with possible co-investors also interested in the deal.

Should there eventually be a franchise in Florida, it would be the first in the South Eastern US state since 2001, when both existing clubs, Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, both folded. The newspaper adds that the Florida International University Stadium is the most likely venue for the team to play its home games, despite a source saying otherwise in September.

The recently retired Beckham has the option of becoming owner of a US league club for $25m. During his time with LA Galaxy between 2007 and 2012, he scored 18 goals in 98 league appearances, helping the California club to two MLS Cup titles.

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