Heart coach bullish on Beckham

GUY HAND
Last updated 15:45 23/11/2012

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If David Beckham wants the A-list as well as the A-League, Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi is confident his club has the inside running.

The Heart are among at least three A-League clubs chasing the 37-year-old superstar.

They have tabled an offer to Beckham's management, offering around AUS$1.7 million for him to play a 10-match stint.

Former Socceroo Aloisi believes Beckham would be a perfect addition to his team, and believes if the ex-England captain chooses the A-League, the Heart is the ideal destination.

"If he comes to the A-League, I think we're a massive chance," Aloisi said.

"Being in Melbourne, the sporting capital, any sportsperson loves sport. And coming up, what have we got? The Australian Open, the Grand Prix."

"I'm not saying that's the reasons why he wants to come (to Australia). But if he does want to come, it's a good place to come."

Beckham is being pursued by the Heart, Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners.

Western Sydney Wanderers have also been linked to him.

But Australia is just one of a number of possible destinations, with China and the Middle East also huge contenders, as well as a possible return to Europe.

And English club West Ham's manager Sam Allardyce admitted his interest on Friday (local time) if Beckham could prove his fitness, which would mean an emotional return to east London where he grew up.

While other A-League coaches have dismissed the idea altogether or are staying tight-lipped, Aloisi is happy to publicly talk up Beckham as the right player to strengthen a team hellbent on playing attractive football.

The Heart's style would appear to suit Beckham, whether he played centrally or as a right-sided midfielder.

"I sat down with the club last week and we decided it would be great for us," Aloisi said.

"Great for the team, great for the club, great for the A-League."

"Hopefully we'll find out soon whether Beckham wants to come to the A-League, and let's hope it's to Melbourne Heart."

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