Everton keen on bringing Beckham back to England

Published Nov. 27, 2010 4:25 p.m. EST

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 club.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have said Beckham won't be able to go on loan during the Major League Soccer offseason after he was injured in March while playing for AC Milan.

Beckham will be entering the final season of his five-year Galaxy contract when the American season starts in March, so he could be available to sign for January 2012.

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 an exhibition Saturday night, Beckham played down the prospect of moving back to English soccer.

''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, Beckham still is 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 injured.''

Beckham has yet to say what he wants to do at the end of his Galaxy contract.

''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.