The Great Britain football team is likely to play its first game since 1971 when the Olympic Games head to London next year, and as an Olympic ambassador, David Beckham is keen to be a part of it.
It's been suggested that the LA Galaxy star could boost his chances of featuring with a move back to his homeland, and The Sun believes Queen's Park Rangers are gearing up to lure him to the bright lights of West London once his MLS deal runs out at the end of this season:
QPR's new owner Tony Fernandes is planning a swoop for David Beckham.
A Rangers insider said: "Tony promised Neil Warnock plenty of support in the transfer market and proved that in the recent window.
"But bringing Beckham back to England next month would top the lot — and it's not a pipe-dream."
There's no doubt QPR could afford to keep Becks in the lifestyle to which he is acquainted: Club owners include millionaire Lotus Formula One team owner Tony Fernandes and billionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. Plus, Beckham has made no further commitments to the Galaxy.
At the same time, it seems unlikely that Beckham would give up on the MLS simply to enable his Olympic dream. Team Great Britain will be falling over themselves for the PR opportunity of featuring the world's most famous player among the professionals in the squad, regardless of which continent he plays on — and he'll still be getting regular games in the US. Also, when The Sun says "A Ranger's insider", they might as well say "We don't have a source or a decent quote so we made this bit up".
Until Davey B locks down his next contract, however, speculation will continue to grow.
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