By Andy Sambidge
French club's sporting director says talks with England legend have begun - report
Qatar-owned Paris St Germain are poised to make their most high profile signing yet with the signature of David Beckham, it has been reported.
Beckham has begun talks to join the French club, according to its sporting director Leonardo.
The club have spent more than $116m on players since being taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority earlier this year.
QIA in May bought 70 percent of the French capital’s sole first division club in a deal reportedly worth up to $57m.
Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy contract runs out at the end of December and PSG - top of Ligue 1 - have become the favourites to sign the former England captain.
"Yes, we've spoken. These situations take time. We'll see if something suits him and suits us," Leonardo was quoted as saying by media in the UK.
Leonardo added: "I know his history and he doesn't need to tell me his past. He went to Milan and it was the same thing. There is a rapport with him. When you talk about Beckham, you're talking about something big. Now his contract is finished, he will decide his future."
PSG's interest in Beckham has been derided in some parts as a publicity stunt as the club's new owners look to cash in on his worldwide appeal.
The Qatar 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.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.