Everton keen on bringing Beckham back to England
Everton manager David Moyes is interested in bringing David
Beckham back to England, but the former Manchester United
midfielder has reservations about joining another Premier League
The Los Angeles Galaxy have said Beckham won’t be able to go on
loan during the current Major League Soccer offseason after he was
injured during a stint at AC Milan in March.
But Beckham will be entering the final season of his five-year
Galaxy contract when the American season resumes next March, so he
could be available to sign in a year.
Moyes knows the 35-year-old midfielder from their time playing
together at Preston, where Beckham had a loan spell in 1995 early
in his Manchester United career. Beckham also knows Everton captain
Phil Neville from playing together for United.
”I would hope that if David wanted to come he would pick up the
phone and call me,” Moyes said on Friday. ”If he wanted to come
back to the Premier League, he would only need to phone me or Phil
and we would be here for him. He knows how to get hold of Phil and
he knows how to get hold of me.
”We would have to look into it financially, but if he came and
said to me, ‘I would like to come and play,’ I would have to go to
the chairman and ask if we could do it, if we think we can make it
work by selling enough shirts.”
After playing a full 90 minutes in the Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to
Australian A-League club Newcastle Jets in a friendly on Saturday
night, Beckham played down the prospect of moving back to English
”I think it’s always nice to be wanted and it’s always nice to
have options out there and I’ve always respected David Moyes from
the time I’ve played with him at Preston North End … plus I
respect him as a manager,” Beckham said. ”It’s always nice to be
wanted, but I’m a Man United fan and it’s a pretty close rivalry
so, I don’t know.”
Having recently come back from an Achilles’ tendon injury,
England’s most capped outfield player said he is still
concentrating on his recovery.
”Right now, I’m just getting my body back into shape because I
was out of the game for six months with a pretty serious injury and
I came back pretty quickly,” Beckham said. ”I think I’m feeling
the effects of the month and a half I’ve played since I got
Beckham is yet to say what he wants to do at the end of his
”I want to play as long as my legs can take me,” he told The
Associated Press last month. ”I know it sounds a cliche, but I
love playing football, I love playing the game. It’s my passion.
When I stop enjoying it, then I’ll know I need to stop.”
Beckham’s Galaxy teammate, Landon Donovan, made a strong impact
during a 10-week loan spell at Everton between January and March.
The midfielder scored two goals in 13 matches, helping Everton beat
Chelsea and Manchester United.