Robbie Keane has revealed how David Beckham played a part in his move from Tottenham Hotspur to LA Galaxy.
Keane spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic and latterly at West Ham United and was widely expected to leave Spurs this summer.
The Republic of Ireland's record goalscorer joins for a fee in the region of £3.5 million and revealed the words of Beckham helped him decide on a move across the pond.
"I am delighted, honoured and very excited to be joining the LA Galaxy," Keane said. "I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it's the perfect combination for me and a dream come true.
"My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from (Galaxy owner) Tim Leiweke and (manager) Bruce Arena.
"Also when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs (in January) recently he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can't wait to get over and get started."
His new teammates have wasted little time in welcoming Keane to the club, with USA skipper Landon Donovan excited at the proposition of playing with the 31-year-old.
“I’ve always respected him from afar, mainly because he’s just a guy who’s honest. Obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself,” he said.
“He’s the type of player that I think will succeed in this league. I think he’s a humble player, he works hard and he’s going to put himself in really good spots to score goals.”