LOS ANGELES (AP) – Melbourne Heart wants to sign David Beckham, who has announced he will leave Los Angeles Galaxy after the MLS Cup.
The 37-year-old midfielder is in line to end his six-year Galaxy stay in style as they defend their title against the Houston Dynamo on December 1 before seeking to extend his playing career elsewhere.
Although Beckham had an option on his contract, signed in January, for another year with the Galaxy, his decision to leave is no great surprise.
Football Federation Australia last week claimed they had been approached by the former Manchester United star's camp with a view to the player spending a short stint in the A-League, though his spokesman described that as "rubbish".
Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn, though, says that the club are preparing to table a significant offer to sign Beckham.
"I can't put a percentage term on it," said Munn on foxsports.com.au.
"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. That is absolutely legitimate.
"Let's let David get through next week, play the final of the MLS and hopefully he'll have a win.
"Then I'm sure he'll assess every offer."
Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners have also publicly expressed their interest in Beckham with both teams expected to submit their offers this week.