Leicester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says the door is still open for David Beckham to join him at the King Power Stadium.
And he hopes the 36-year-old former England captain may now be tempted by a combined coaching role when his deal with LA Galaxy expires later this year.
"We will give him a whistle and he can go out [on the training pitch] straight away," the Swede told The Times.
"I have already had that discussion with him. I spoke to him about Leicester.
"Beckham, he will never say no to me - he says, 'Sven, we'll see, we'll see'."
And although signing Beckham is still seen as an unlikely goal, the club will continue to persue it while it is a possibility.
Beckham is thought to be keen to return to England to give himself the best possible chance of playing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
French side are Paris St Germain are also interested.
Crucially, City have the cash to back up their bid for Beckham, who skippered England during Eriksson's reign as international manager.
And they hope the lure of playing in England for an ambitious Championship club - who can also offer a coaching role - may tempt him to the East Midlands.
Eriksson added: "The big thing is what he wants to do when his contract finishes in LA. Will he want to go on playing?"
Leicester have still not replaced coach Dietmar Hamann, who left to take over as Stockport County manager in July.