David Beckham has turned down Everton manager David Moyes after his sensational bid to lure the superstar midfielder back to English football on loan.
The Blues boss was keen to bring the England legend to Goodison Park on a short-term loan deal but Beckham told reporters: "No, I’m a Manchester United fan and Everton is too close to home. It is always flattering to be linked with big clubs even if that would only be for a few months on loan. I have massive respect for David Moyes – I have had ever since we played together at Preston.”
Beckham is no stranger to short-term loan moves from MLS side LA Galaxy, as the 35-year-old has previously had two spells at AC Milan in recent years to maintain his fitness in the American close season.
Moyes briefly played alongside Beckham when he was on loan at Championship side Preston at the age of 19. The Scot had encouraged the former England captain to contact the club should he wish to return to the Premier League: "I hope that if David wanted to come he would give me a call. He only needs to call me or Phil Neville."
Moyes accepted that if a deal was to be done with Beckham,
the club would need to assess the cost implications of any
agreement with LA Galaxy: “We would have to look into it
financially. But if he came and said to me 'I would like to
come and play' then I would go to the chairman and ask if
we could make it work by selling enough replica shirts.”
Previous Champions League winner Beckham
agonisingly missed out on playing in the 2010 World Cup
in South Africa after suffering an achilles injury just weeks
before the tournament began whilst he was on loan at
The former Real Madrid man has 115 international caps to
his name, only 10 behind Peter Shilton who is the
country’s most capped player.
Beckham has stated that a move to Europe over the winter
would be unlikely, but the midfielder still has lingering
ambitions to play for his country again and with him only
returning to first team action with LA Galaxy in September, a chance to play competitively in England’s top division could be ideal to impress England boss Fabio Capello.
Most Everton fans would have welcomed Beckham to Merseyside but could not see the dream deal coming to fruition. Tom Parry from Kirkby thinks that there will be better offers on the table for him to consider. He said: “I think he would be great for the club and certainly put us on the map again, but if he announced a desire to come back to England, he would get offers from bigger clubs than us.”
Ronnie McGee, 64, of Garston said: "I don't think signing a player who could probably sell more in shirt sales than what the club is worth could be a bad thing. He is past his prime but from a purely financial point of view, a few cameos could do us the world of good. Could we not ask him to invest instead?"
West Derby resident Richard Cummings, 29, said: "I'm not sure David Moyes would appreciate the media attention everywhere the team goes but his previous clubs don't look to shabby after he played for them. Beckham seems like a nice guy and would put in the graft. As much as I can't see it happening, his crosses could be perfect for little Tim [Cahill] to pounce on every week."
Carl Boothe, 21, of Crosby, said: "I would have him for the bench because I think [Seamus] Coleman is our star winger. If he can teach [Mikel] Arteta how to take a set piece, then hell yes! I can't even imagine the financial stuff we would have to do to get him."
David Moyes is still hopeful of securing a loan deal for Landon Donovan for the second consecutive year, however his LA Galaxy team-mate Beckham will not be joining him.
By David Downie, Sports Reporter
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