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Don't Count Out Beckham MLS Move--Yet

Reports linking David Beckham with a move to Major League Soccer are untrue, but then again, so are reports that he has signed a contract extension with current club Real Madrid. That fine details of that offer are still being hammered out, but it looks as though Becks will remain in Madrid for a few more years, unless he won't agree to take the pay cut that has purportedly been offered him. Nevertheless British tabloid The People reported this past weekend that Beckham would be making a $100 million move to the Red Bull New York. Not even Philip Anschutz would give that kind of money to spend on a single player. Never mind that he no longer owns the club. That said, The People isn't known for its journalistic integrity. However, it is worth mentioning that no Real deal has been finalized, despite the fact that both sides keep chiming on about how a deal imminent. If talks were to fall through, Beckham would be able to move anywhere he pleases on a free transfer next summer. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, are expected to go on something of a shopping spree during the off-season, adding "one or two marquee players," according to Ives Galarcep of NorthJersey.com. "Sources" have identified Beckham and Ronaldo to be top of the shopping list. But Beckham himself has said on several occasions he would like to play at the top level for a few more years, which means he won't be interested in MLS until it's absolutely his last option. However, at the moment the player is out of the England squad and on starting Real's bench; he's no longer calling the shots, and that might mean a golden retirement in MLS will start looking a lot more attractive.

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