Retired star David Beckham and his partners in pursuit of a Major League Soccer franchise for Miami are interested in building a stadium at the city's revamped port, municipal government sources confirmed to EFE.

Though MLS has not officially announced an expansion to the Magic City, the Beckham-led group is actively looking at sites for a permanent stadium.

Representatives of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker envision building a 25,000-seat facility on part of Dodge Island in Biscayne Bay, Miami-Dade County officials said.

The deal that brought Beckham to the LA Galaxy in 2007 included an option for him to acquire an MLS franchise for the bargain price of $25 million.

The one-time England international held his first meeting with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez last summer, shortly after retiring as a player.

Beckham has recruited a group of investors that includes Bolivian-born billionaire Marcelo Claure, owner of Miami-based wireless distributor Brightstar.

He also has support from Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, who already owns a small piece of England's iconic Liverpool club.