Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted that he would love to bring David Beckham to the King Power Stadium.
The 36-year-old’s contract with MLS side LA Galaxy expires later this year and he is rumoured to favour a return to England to boost his chances of featuring for the Great Britain team at next year’s Olympics.
Eriksson, who worked with Beckham during his time as England boss, has revealed that he will attempt to lure the midfielder with the prospect of a player-coach role at the Championship promotion-chasers.
“We will give him a whistle and he can go out [on the training pitch] straight away,” the Swede told The Times.
“I have already had that discussion with him. I spoke to him about Leicester. Beckham, he will never say no to me – he says, ‘Sven, we’ll see, we’ll see’.”
Leicester have invested heavily in new players in recent months with the backing of their Thai owners, who are reportedly keen to secure a big-name signing such as Beckham.
The former England skipper, who has also represented Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan in a glittering career, has been linked with moves to QPR and big-spending French side PSG.
After a slow start to the season, the Foxes are unbeaten in seven Championship matches and they moved up to eighth in the table after Saturday’s 4-0 hammering of local rivals Derby.
But securing the services of Beckham would be the icing on the cake as the ambitious Midlands club look to establish themselves as a global brand.
“The big thing is what he wants to do when his contract finishes in LA. Will he want to go on playing?” added Eriksson.
Leicester can be backed at 11/2 to win the Championship title and having a punt on that now must surely be a shrewd investment if players of the calibre of Beckham are on their radar for the January transfer window.
After the international break, Eriksson’s men face another derby when they travel to St Andrew’s to take on Birmingham.
The Foxes are currently rated as 33/20 shots to pick up all three points, with the draw at 11/5 and a home win available at 31/20.
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