West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would be interested in talking to David Beckham over a move to East London in January, but claims a deal is unlikely.

Beckham has revealed that he will be leaving LA Galaxy this winter and that he is looking for a new challenge in world football.

West Ham were installed as fourth favourites with the bookies to be the East London-born midfielders’ next club but Allardyce claims that in previous conversations with the former England captain, Beckham ruled out joining the club.

“David has always said to me when he has been available that he only wanted to play for Manchester United in this country, and I haven’t heard him say he wants to come back to England,” Allardyce told Sky Sports.

“It is speculation until David decides where he wants to go. I am not so sure about the situation at all.

“If David said he wants to come back to London in the Premier League, we would talk about it. I don’t want to say we will or we are. It is speculation.”