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Oz clubs chase Beckham

DAVID Beckham's announcement that he will be bringing an end to his career in North America next month has today sparked a race to lure the former England captain to Australia.

Already fired up by Football Federation Australia (FFA)'s announcement last week that Beckham's representatives had been in touch, A-league clubs have signalled their intent to sign the 37-year-old.

The clubs were undeterred by a statement from the Beckham's management team that he had "absolutely no plans" to play in Australia. "David Beckham has confirmed the MLS Cup final will be his last game for the Galaxy. The race is on," was posted on Perth Glory's Twitter account.

Melbourne Heart chief executive Scott Munn confirmed his club would put in a bid to bring 'Brand Beckham' to Australia's second largest city.

"What I can say is that it's certainly real, we're putting forward an offer, it's compelling and the opportunity is here for him to come here," he said.

"That is absolutely legitimate. Let's let David get through next week, play the final of the MLS. Then I'm sure he'll assess every offer."