NBA star James talking to Beckham about Miami MLS franchise

LeBron James of the Miami Heat has confirmed he has been in talks with former England captain David Beckham about launching a new MLS franchise in the Florida city, the Daily Mail has reported.

James is part of a group that owns a minority share in Liverpool and has played for the Miami Heat since 2010, having started his professional career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James told a local newspaper, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, that discussions with Beckham had begun and were looking promising.

There’s some interest on both sides,” the 28-year-old James said. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years.

It would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There’s interest on both sides but it’s preliminary talks.

Beckham played for the LA Galaxy from 2007 to 2012 and part of his contract with the league gave him the option of buying the rights to an MLS franchise at a discounted rate. The former England captain retired from playing after a short spell at Paris Saint-Germain, bringing an end to a career that also took in Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan.

James added: “The research is still being made out. I think it could be huge. You never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There’s a lot of soccer players, there’s great youth soccer players here and people love the city as well. That definitely would help.

On his own passion for the sport, James continued: “I’ve grown a great interest in watching the game and learning the guys. It’s a pretty intense sport. My kids love it as well. I’ve grown to the point where I know exactly what’s going on when I’m watching the game.

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