Beckham A-League speculation shot down
Speculation about former Manchester United star David Beckham's potential move to the A-League has been shot down less than 24 hours after it started.
At the exact same time Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop was appearing live on Fox Sports to confirm an approach had been received by Beckham's management about a guest stint in the A-League this season, a representative for the former England captain issued a statement quashing the talk.
The statement from Beckham's people contradicted the promising news Gallop was simultaneously trumpeting, saying their client was "focused" on his commitments with US club Los Angeles Galaxy and "there are absolutely no plans to play in Australia."
He suggested FFA may have been taken in by an unconnected agent attempting to act as a middle man and set up a deal.
"There is always interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player," the spokesperson for Beckham said.
Gallop, unaware of the latest from Beckham's management, told Fox Sports the interest was genuine.
The game's new boss said the FFA wanted to help clubs attract Beckham, but would not be responsible for recruiting the global superstar.
Gallop emphasised it would be up to clubs to be "the first point of contact".
It's believed Perth Glory and Melbourne Heart were the two teams with official interest.
Gallop said: "I spoke to the player's agent today and said to him that it would be fantastic. Of course it would be fantastic but there's some hoops that would have to be jumped through."
"The league doesn't employ players so the clubs need to come forward and be the first point of contact.
"The league can certainly assist in some respects but I think what we're talking about at this stage is a guest stint ... we're not getting ahead of ourselves at this point."
Already boasting the likes of Italian star Alessandro Del Piero, Liverpool legend Emile Heskey and Japanese international Shinji Ono, Beckham would have been the biggest coup in the history of the league.
With the Major League Soccer (MLS) competition in America finishing in a fortnight, the timing would at least work for the Galaxy star.