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BECKHAM'S AMERICAN DREAM; ENGLAND HERO DELUGED WITH OFFERS FOR USA CLUB Star to set up new MLS team EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: PAUL SMITH

DAVID BeckhAm is being deluged with offers to take up the chance of a lifetime and own a football club in the United States. The 36-year-old former England captain is aiming to continue playing for another two years - including being an active part of the Great Britain team at next summer's London Olympics.

Beckham's current club - LA Galaxy - want their star signing to stay beyond his current deal, which expires in November and have offered him a new one year deal.

Beckham said: "I'm happy here and I've spoken with Tim (Leiwecke, owner of Galaxy) about a new deal.

"Tim knows how I need to wait until the end of the season here and then I'll look at it."

The likelihood is that Beckham will return to the Premier League in the January transfer window with Tottenham his likely destination.

A spell in the Premier League would be the perfect preparation for a tilt at Olympic glory.

Becks is already an ambassador for London's 2012 campaign.

However, the huge decisions facing Beckham and his advisers are whether to take up an option to own a MLS franchise and where that team will be based.

Rumours from America of a dream ticket link between Beckham and the New York Cosmos appear way off the mark.

But even though the New York Bulls, led by Thierry Henry, already exist, the belief within the MLS is that a second New York team would provide welcome competition and attract support.

In fact, Henry's team (below, inset) are based in New Jersey rather than New York.

Among the other cities keen to see the Beckham circus hit town are Miami, San Diego, Oklahoma and Cincinatti. Holding the franchise golden ticket was one of the lucrative parts of Beckham negotiated when he joined Galaxy four years ago.

In effect, Beckham can activate an option to take up the franchise at a discounted price.

With his backers he'll have to prove that they have a viable business plan and an acceptable stadium.

The lure of brand Beckham will be huge. And Becks, wife Victoria and his four children - who have enjoyed life in Los Angeles - would not have to be based in the city of their new football franchise.

Clearly the family would have to commit to life in America, but once his playing days are over Beckham can select the best place for his family and their lifestyle and commute to be part of his new club.

The MLS plan to extend their league to 20 clubs in 2013.

Dan Garber, the League's commissioner, said: "David has the option for our 20th team and that option can't be exercised until after 2011 or after he stops playing. So we've got some time to figure this one out."

MLS has strict guidelines on who can buy one of its franchises, not least a $40million expansion fee and meeting the league's guidelines on a suitable stadium.

The lowdown on potential destinations NeW YORk Famous for.. well just about everything.

The third biggest in the usa with a population of 20 million, New York is home to the world's most famous baseball team, the Yankees.

Football is not a major talking point, but it was in 1975 when New York Cosmos signed Pel.

mIAmI BeCkham and football in the sunshine state of Florida would be an attraction for the many Britons who visit each year - it could work well with a week at Disney.

a regular home for the superBowl and NFL team Dolphins, miami FC raised their profile by signing Brazilian star Romario.

OkLAhOmA a sTaTe used to dealing with star names - it was the birthplace of Brad Pitt - is set in southern central america.

Its capital is its biggest city - oklahoma City - but it's also renowned as an area that knows all about bad weather.

more than 50 tornados strike each year.

SAN DIeGO The second largest city in California, football might find competition from rugby which has been fast developing there.

It is 100 miles from hollywood, so Posh would have no problem being there with the stars.

Tiger Woods is also a regular as san Diego hosts a PGa Tour event.

cINcINNAtI a CITY in the state of ohio, sport is varied - from major teams in baseball, football, ice hockey and soccer.

Perhaps not the most obvious usa venue for Beckham to launch his ownership career.

Cincinnati Red stockings were the first baseball team to turn pro in 1869.
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