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Is David Beckham heading from the MLS to Australia?

David Beckham could be set to make a stunning short-term move to the A-League after Football Federation Australia claimed it was in talks to bring the former England captain Down Under, reports the Daily Mail.

The 37-year-old only signed a two-year contract extension with LA Galaxy in January, but could now spend part of the MLS off-season in Australia.

Beckham has previously enjoyed loan spells in Italy with AC Milan in between seasons, and the FFA now say they have been approached by the player's management about the possibility of a temporary 10-match deal.

"The approach from David Beckham's people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in stature on a global basis," an FFA spokesperson said.

"Beckham is a superstar on the world stage and he would be another massive signing for the Hyundai A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono.

"But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage."

A spokesman for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was quick to refute the claim, however, saying Beckham is focused on the MLS play-offs, and winning another Championship with the Galaxy.

"David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy. There's always enormous interest from clubs across world in signing David. He has absolutely no plans to play in Australia."

The holders take on the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of their Western Conference Championship play-off final this weekend, in what could turn out to be Beckham's last appearance for the club in the current campaign.

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