David Beckham identifies first signing for his MLS franchise in Miami

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David Beckham wants to make Juan Roman Riquelme the first high-profile signing of his Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, which is expected to be entered into North America's Eastern Conference in time for the 2017 campaign.

According to Argentinian journalist German Garcia - who works for South American TV network TYC sports - the Argentinos Juniors playmaker is being lined up for a move to the as yet unnamed team in southeastern Florida.

The former Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors star is already 36, but Beckham believes he'll still be an astute acquisition in two years time as he looks to increase his side's following, and will look to tap into the large hispanic community that's currently located on the Atlantic coast.

Riquelme will probably jump at the chance for one final big-money move before eventually calling time on his career, and will add an element of superstardom needed to attract more supporters and other investment opportunities for Beckham in Miami.

The former Los Angeles Galaxy star's alleged interest in recruiting Riquelme was later confirmed by ESPN Deportes' reliable correspondent Jorge Ramos, who suggested that an announcement is likely to be made in the next couple of months regarding the transfer of one of the most talented Argentine players of his generation.

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It remains to be seen whether Riquelme will actually put pen to paper on a lucrative MLS move, but after recent confirmation that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard (sort of) are due to cross the Atlantic later this year, he could be the latest in a growing number of world-renowned stars to make the switch to North America.

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