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David Beckham to buy MLS franchise in Miami

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Beckham mingling with Red Bull Principal Christian Horner (©GettyImages)
Beckham mingling with Red Bull Principal Christian Horner (©GettyImages).

David Beckham looks set to launch a bid to set up a Major League Soccer team in Miami, according to Sky Sports.

No deal is completed as of yet, but it is understood that Beckham, who last season finished his illustrious playing career at Paris Saint-Germain, has named the Florida city as his final choice.

The former England captain has been believed to have been interested in starting his franchise in the United States since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy after winning the 2012 MLS Cup.

The option to purchase a franchise was written into his first Galaxy contract back in 2007 and several investors have already shown interest in backing his plans. 

If plans were successful, then Beckham's team would become the first team to play in Florida since 2001, when the state boasted two teams - Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion.

The MLS is looking to expand to a total of 24 franchises by 2020, with Manchester City already having teamed up with the New York Yankees to form New York City Football Club, which will begin competing in the competition in 2015. 

City are also likely to use the system to find the best talent available in North America, as well as loan out fringe players.

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