David Beckham is in the process of buying an MLS franchise and NBA star LeBron James has held talks with the former England captain about investing into the bid.

England's record cap holder Beckham played in the MLS for five years with LA Galaxy, winning the MLS cup twice, and his contract included an option to buy an MLS franchise at a discounted price after retirement.

The former Manchester United player has confirmed that Miami is his preferred destination for the franchise and this had interested his friend LeBron James, who plays in the city for NBA champions Miami Heat, into a possible investment in the venture.

James told Sky Sports: "There's some interest on both sides. David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years. I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure. There's interest on both sides but it's preliminary talks."

Football is a growing sport in the USA and four time MVP LeBron James, who is already a minority owner in Liverpool, believes the people of Miami would take well to having a football franchise in the city: "The research is still being made out," he said. "I think it could be huge. You never know.

"I think this is a great town for soccer. There's a lot of soccer players, there's great youth soccer players here and people love the city as well. That definitely would help."

The formation of such a franchise will certainly be helped by the fact it is backed by two of the most recognised sportsmen on the planet, with the expansion of the MLS sure to have a positive effect on the growth of 'soccer' in the states. 

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