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Becks closer to owning MLS franchise?

David Beckham is looking forward to taking ownership of the new Major League Soccer franchise...
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David Beckham says he is looking forward to becoming the owner of a new MLS franchise in Miami.

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Beckham says "nothing has been confirmed yet, but it's something I am very excited about."

He adds that "Miami is something that really excites me because there is a great energy down there. They are ready for a football team in that part of the world."

Beckham was speaking at a promotional event at The Venetian casino in Macau. He is expected to attend Saturday's WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios at The Venetian.

NBA superstar LeBron James says he has spoken to Beckham about potentially investing in his bid to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami. James, who has led the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA Championships, is a minority owner in Liverpool and said he had developed an interest in the game.

"There's some interest on both sides," James said in comments reported by FOX Sports Florida on Monday.

"David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. I think it would be great for this city to have a football club, for sure. There's interest on both sides but it's preliminary talks."

Beckham spent five and a half years with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and his contract gave him the option of buying an MLS franchise at a discounted price after retirement.

The former England captain confirmed last month that Miami was his preferred destination. The city was home to the Miami Fusion from 1998 to 2001 and while that team folded, the belief is that the time is now right for the sport to return.

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