PSG make approach to sign David Beckham from LA Galaxy

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
LA Galaxy's David Beckham
David Beckham last played in Europe for AC Milan in 2010

Paris Saint-Germain have made an initial approach to sign former England captain David Beckham when his contract with LA Galaxy expires in December.

PSG held a telephone conversation with the midfielder's representatives but formal talks have yet to take place.

Several other clubs - some of them in England - have also shown firm interest in Beckham, who it is understood wants a challenge that will "excite" him.

However, he has not ruled out staying in LA, where his family are settled.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player, whose Galaxy contract ends on 31 December, will announce his decision in November once the Major League Soccer season ends.

Galaxy have an unassailable lead at the top of their conferenceexternal-link and are guaranteed a spot in the play-offs.

They will contest a two-legged quarter-final on either 29 or 30 October and 2 or 3 November, with the winners advancing to the semi-final on 5 or 6 November.

If Galaxy go all the way to the MLS Cup, their campaign will end on 20 November.

Beckham joined from Real in 2007 and his family are happy in the United States but he is prepared to continue his career elsewhere if a suitable challenge arises.

News of PSG's initial interest was broken by BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan in September.

The Qatar-owned French side are embarking upon an ambitious project and sporting director Leonardo coached Beckham when he was loaned to AC Milan in 2009.

Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers have also been linked with the former Manchester United player, who is keen to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

However, he does not feel any potential involvement in the Olympic team would depend on him playing for a European team.

Beckham trained with Tottenham during the MLS off-season in January but, on Thursday, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp told the Daily Telegraphexternal-link a permanent move would be difficult.

"I was so impressed with David as a person, as a player," said Redknapp. "He was fantastic to have around the club, a class act.

"The problem I'd have is that David would want to play regularly and I couldn't guarantee him that at this stage.

"It's difficult: I have Aaron Lennon coming back, Rafael van der Vaart playing off the right. I have lots of options. I could play Gareth Bale on one side and Luka Modric on the other.

"Sandro is also looking like he could end up a top player. Then there's Scott Parker.

"So to bring David in and not play him would be a problem."

Beckham won the last of his 115 England caps against Belarus in October 2009.