Qatar-owned football club eyes David Beckham

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Former England captain David Beckham

Former England captain David Beckham

Qatari-owned football club Paris St Germain is said to be trying to woo David Beckham to join the club after his contract at Los Angeles Galaxy expires, it has been reported.

The former England Captain’s contact is due to in the next few weeks and the Ligue 1 leaders are already said to be on the charm offensive, website lequipe.fr reported on Tuesday.  

“David Beckham goes beyond the sport. He is an ambassador, he is a brand, he is an example to others,” Nasser al-Khelaifi, president of Paris St Germain, said.

“But he is also still a very good football player whose age is not a problem,” he added.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan midfielder has said he is yet to decide on his future but he hopes to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Qatar Investment Authority has ploughed millions of euros into the Parisian football team since acquiring a 70 percent stake in the club in May for a reported $42.7m-$57m.

The sovereign wealth fund, which owns a string of trophy assets including the Luxury department store Harrods, purchased the stake from the US private equity firm Colony Capital, which had bought the club in 2006 in a bid to challenge for Europe’s Champions League, only to end up staving off relegation two seasons in a row.

The Paris football club has spent more than $116.2m on players, including Uruguay captain Diego Lugano and French internationals Kevin Gameiro and Jeremy Menez, since the acquisition.

The football club broke the French transfer record with the €42m purchase of Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore from Palermo.

The Gulf state, holder of the world’s third-largest natural-gas reserves, also has football interests in other European countries. The Paris St Germain deal followed the purchase of Spanish team Malaga last year, and a €30m-a-year shirt sponsorship agreement with European champion Barcelona.

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