The race is on! Who can tempt David Beckham to join them?
I’m guessing his next step won’t be all about the money, which might pave the way for an unlikely club to secure Beck’s signature. But who? Step forward West Ham United.
The Hammers have been regularly linked with Beckham in the past and there is no doubt they will be in the mix for him again this winter. But is it a match made in heaven?
Despite having played in the MLS – a league that has always been described as being at a similar standard as the Championship – for the past five years, it is believed the 37-year-old could still cut it in the Premier League.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star has been a stand out performer in the MLS ever since his arrival in the States and also had two successful loan spells with AC Milan during close-seasons.
He has scored 20 goals in 116 appearances for Galaxy and is now being chased by some of Europes’s biggest clubs, suggesting there still must be something in him that can cut it at the highest level.
But how would he fit in at Upton Park? There are genuine cases for what he can offer West Ham both on and off the field.
Firstly, during West Ham’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Monday night, Sam Allardyce’s side lacked any real threat on the wings and only a handful of their 12 corners beat the near post. Obviously, with Matt Jarvis out injured and Matty Taylor only just returning from a set back, there are players already at the club who can come in a make a difference in those areas.
But with Beckham’s experience and fine set-piece delivery, he would have been the perfect man to make an impact on Monday night and provide an extra dimension on both flanks and in dead ball situations.
Furthermore, in what is West Ham’s first season back in the Premier League, they will need as much experience as they can get in order to continue their impressive start, which sees them occupy seventh after 12 games. Beckham, even when he isn’t playing, could have a significant impact on the club’s fortunes just by being present in the changing room and speaking to the other players, particularly the youngsters who are beginning to push their way through in to the first team.
Then there’s the famous Olympic Stadium bid. We all know how important Beckham was to London being awarded the 2012 Olympics and the role he played as the country began planning what ended up being labelled as the best Olympic Games ever.
That shows the amount of influence he has as a national figure, as well as one of the country’s most famous sporting greats. Oh how West Ham could do with someone like him behind them as they continue their fight for keys to the stadium.
Additionally, with the club playing in the Olympic Stadium and having David Beckham in the team, their revenue streams will increase tenfold. Just having the stadium would be great for the clubs finances and its future, but with Beckham involved as well, they would be selling shirts worldwide and filling the stadium week in, week out without even breaking a sweat. Every club’s dream, right?
As West Ham continue their revival under the current owners and manager Sam Allardyce, the opportunity to sign a player like David Beckham would be too good to turn down.
His loyalty is clear to see, which the West Ham supporters will adore, and his experience and influence globally will only reap the club rewards both on and off the pitch.
Even if he never plays, he’d still make a huge impact on West Ham’s future. So a West Ham offer for Beckham, for me, is a no-brainer regardless of the players the club already has and how much they spent on Matt Jarvis in the summer. What’s more, Jarvis might even be able to learn a thing or two from good ol’ Golden Balls.
What do you think? Is David Beckham to West Ham a real possibility? Would a bid for him just be a marketing ploy for their Olympic Stadium bid? Let us know what you think by commenting below.