The Western Sydney Wanderers could be on the verge of hosting the biggest name in football with David Beckham’s mooted guest stint most likely to take place in either Sydney or Brisbane.
However, with Sydney FC already hosting the biggest current name in the A-League, Alessandro Del Piero, the Wanderers suddenly loom as a far more realistic option for Beckham should the deal go ahead.
Also on the Wanderers’ side is that Football Federation Australia owns the club – meaning that the money could come directly from the pockets of chairman Frank Lowy.
Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman, Lyall Gorman says that he has not been approached by Beckham’s representatives but has not ruled out a potential move for the star player.
Gorman says that if Beckham was offered to the Wanderers, he would treat the negotiations as he would with ‘‘any other player’’ by first discussing the move with coach Tony Popovic.
‘‘No one has approached us about it, if we were to be approached, we would go through the normal process that we do with everyone that’s put across our table which is assessing them by our football department, assessment by the board from a financial perspective,’’ Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman, Lyall Gorman, said.
‘‘We’ve had no approaches at all and we don’t speculate on those things until they come across our table.’’
However, Fairfax Media understands that an Australian-based agent has facilitated talks between Beckham's representatives and owners of the Wanderers, the FFA.
Beckham is currently playing with Los Angeles Galax,y but will be free to join another club on a short-term loan deal once the MLS season finishes on December 1.
If Beckham plays Down Under, it will add to the glittering array of stars plying their trade in the A-League with Alessandro Del Piero and Brett Emerton suiting up for Sydney FC, Emile Heskey the spearhead for the Newcastle Jets and Japan's Shinji Ono helping the Western Sydney Wanderers make a mark in their debut season.
Beckham, 37, has experienced playing against A-League opponents having played in four exhibition games in Australia and New Zealand.
LA Galaxy first toured the region in 2007 with games against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix .
They returned in 2009 to play Newcastle Jets and most recently played against Melbourne Victory last year.
- Sydney Morning Herald