David Beckham’s possible return to the Premier League moved a step closer on Wednesday when Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock appeared to endorse owner Tony Fernandes’s desire to sign the former England captain.
Beckham’s contract with MLS side LA Galaxy expires in November and the 36 year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player would be available on a free transfer when the January transfer window opens.
Fernandes, along with vice-chairman Amit Bhatia, has already funded the signings of Anton Ferdinand, Joey Barton, Armand Traoré and Shaun Wright-Phillips since taking over at Loftus Road and this week publicly acknowledged his desire to sign Beckham. He wrote on Twitter: “I think having someone like David in the club would be great. [He] was always in my thoughts. Let’s see.”
Warnock was equally effusive when the idea of signing the midfielder was put to him, insisting that he fully bought in to Fernandes’s vision of attracting top-class names to the newly-promoted club and suggesting Beckham, despite his age, still has plenty to offer.
“About three weeks ago I would not have dreamed to sign Joey Barton so I will never write anything off,” said Warnock. “The chairman Tony Fernandes has got such [an opinion] ... why accept the average when you can reach for the top? That is how he is. It came out of the blue. I think anything is possible. He is a very astute businessman.”
It is believed David Beckham is not considering his future but it seems likely he will call time on his adventure in the United States once the original terms of his contract expire at the end of the current MLS campaign in November.