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Oz Football Team 'Make Request For Beckham'
Australian football club Perth Glory have reportedly asked LA Galaxy if they can talk to David Beckham about signing him on a temporary basis.
Beckham had earlier insisted he had no plans to play Down Under after media reports suggested he was considering a move there.
A spokesman for the 37-year-old midfielder told Sky Sports News: "There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player.
"There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia. David is completely focused on the Major League Soccer play-offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy."
But hours later Sky sources claimed Perth Glory had made an approach.
Chief executive, Paul Kelly, told Sky News: "There may be an opportunity for him to become available. There have been rumours around Australia for weeks about it and it came to a head today when the Australian media said it was happening.
"We put our hand up and said 'we're more than happy to speak to David Beckham's representatives' and we formally requested that through these contacts. We could only sign him as what's known as a 'guest stint' which is 10 games".
This appeared to confirm an earlier statement released by Football Federation Australia (FFA) saying they had been approached by Beckham's management about the possibility of him playing in their A-League, but that no agreement had been reached.
Earlier media reports suggested he would play just 10 games, with several clubs hoping to attract him. It was said the move would have to be ratified by the FFA and its new chief David Gallop.
Beckham, who signed a new two-year deal with LA Galaxy last January, has previously said he will not be making any decisions on his future until their season ends in two weeks' time.
He has visited Australia a number of times with the Galaxy, playing in friendlies against Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victoria, and has never ruled out a move to the country.
During the visits he was mobbed by fans and created a huge buzz on and off the pitch. Beckham would be the biggest signing ever for the A-League' if it ever happened.
During one visit he was interviewed by former Manchester United team mate Mark Bosnich, now a Fox Sports pundit, who asked him for his thoughts on the A-League.
"The standard's similar to what it is in the US," Beckham replied. "The game's growing like it is in the US, and that's great to see.
"People all around the world are talking about (Major League Soccer and the A League) now, and that's a sign of the growth in both countries."
Football in Australia is enjoying something of a resurgence at present with recent star recruits Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey drawing record crowds and television audiences.
It is the country's number one participation sport but is far behind Aussie rules football and rugby league as a spectator sport.
Beckham said earlier this year he had no intention of retiring from the game for a while. "If I continue to feel like I do right now, I'll continue to play," he said.
"I don't feel 36 years old when I'm out there. I still love training, I still love playing.
"So I want to continue until I feel differently. I love the game. Until that stops, I want to play as long as I can."