David Beckham's decision to end his five-and-a-half-years with LA Galaxy will have sent clubs around the globe scurrying to tempt the former England captain to their league. There is no suggestion Beckham is eyeing retirement just yet, so one club will be fortunate enough to become the sixth the 37-year-old will have played for. But where to?
China? Japan? South Korea? Australia? UAE? QPR? That's Queens Park Rangers, not an unknown Middle Eastern country. The possibilities are endless if a little cynical. As much as purists loathe the word brand, that is what Beckham is: brand first, footballer second.
Last week Football Federation Australia said they had been in talks with the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid winger only for Beckham's representatives to scoff at such suggestions almost instantly. Perth Glory then, in a bid for some publicity, said they had made him an offer. Imagine Victoria in one of the world's most isolated cities...
The impact of his image in Asia is huge since the days when he toured the continent as an early 20-something with United. Subsequent tours with Real Madrid - as well as the 2002 World Cup - will have only augmented Beckham's appeal, so perhaps he is considering whether to capitalise on the lucre he generates in the Asian market.
What about a return to England? Beckham has not played in the Premier League since May 2003 and a return to home soil would be a sentimental and appropriate crescendo to an eventful career. He has trained with both Arsenal and Tottenham in recent years but both clubs are unlikely to cater for a player whose impact cannot be guaranteed at such a high level.
Beckham trained with Tottenham in 2010-11
His son is, surprisingly, an Arsenal fan however. Playing in north London would allow Beckham to be closer to his Beckingham Palace quarters, after all...
QPR certainly don't need another midfield luxury though. Beckham would offer more work ethic than some of the leeches within the club's squad but shelling out a small fortune just for the privilege of his company would be unwise.
Beckham's son Romeo is an Arsenal fan
He could always be the remedy to United's midfield malaise...
Odds on Beckham's next move (via William Hill)
Melbourne Heat 5/2
West Ham 5/1
Perth Glory 6/1
Paris SG 10/1
New York Bulls 10/1
Western Sydney Wanderers 12/1
Central Coast Mariners 12/1
AC Milan 16/1
Anzhi Makhachkala 25/1
Guangzhou Evergrande 25/1
Shanghai Shenhua 25/1
Man Utd 33/1
Zenit St Petersburg 33/1
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