Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals attempt to sign David Beckham
Thursday 09 December 2010
Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed he made an audacious attempt to lure former England captain David Beckham to Leicester.
The club's ambitious new owners are ready to back the Swede in the January transfer window, with a number of big name players linked with the npower Championship side.
Beckham, who skippered his country under Eriksson during his spell in charge of the national side, Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz were all reported to be on Eriksson's radar.
The Leicester manager confirmed he made an initial enquiry about Beckham but was given short shrift by his representatives. And Eriksson accepts the club need to be in the Premier League if he is to bring in the players he has been targeting.
Eriksson told Sky Sports: "The owners want a big signing. It is interesting the players that have been mentioned. I made phone calls to more or less all of them.
"Most of them, they don't really want to come to our league. If we get to the Premier League it will be much easier to get these players. But we are trying and the owners are happy to back me.
"If you talk about Beckham, of course I should take Beckham but I don't think he will go anywhere. I spoke to his agent to see if there was a small chance, but he said it was not possible."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Manchester City: With Arsene Wenger missing a number of key players, who could start the Community Shield clash?
Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
Chelsea transfer news: Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge on one-year deal
Manchester United: Five things we've learned so far about Louis van Gaal, including his ability to accommodate Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney
Liverpool transfer news: Reds 'in talks' to sign Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan as summer spending threatens to exceed £100m
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse
- 4 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
- 5 Israel has discovered that it's no longer so easy to get away with murder in the age of social media
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss