WEST Ham are planning to lure David Beckham back
The club’s owners hope to bring Beckham back to his roots to lead a revolution that will see the Hammers moving into the new Olympic Stadium by 2013.
Preliminary talks have begun with Beckham’s representatives in moves that started soon after David Gold and David Sullivan took over the club seven months ago.
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They see Beckham as the ideal ambassador for the club’s Olympic dream. And they are hoping he might even finish his playing career at West Ham as well.
“For him to join a club like ours and help us fulfil another dream would be perfect for everyone,” said Gold. We know what a great ambassador he is. Now we see David as an ambassador not just for West Ham but also for east London where it all started for him. I can see him playing a big part.
“We’ve had conversations with his people and made it clear we want him aboard. David could play a massive part, because of his roots, in helping West Ham make the Olympic Stadiumhome. And maybe he can still play for us in the autumn of his career. You have to grasp opportunities when they happen.
“This is all about dreams. Like myself and David Sullivan, David Beckham started life as a poor lad in the East End. Now we have the chance to make a lot more dreams come true here.”
Gold said Beckham’s potential role at West Ham would in no way interfere with his commitment to England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
“Beckham is just another piece in the jigsaw, but he is an East End boy and an iconic figure and if he tells us what he’d like to do we’d love to work with him,” added Gold. “He started in the East End and has lived and played all over the world. Now he has a fantastic opportunity to come home to his roots and be right in the middle of it all.”
West Ham, meanwhile, are pressing ahead with their bid to move into the Olympic Stadium at the start of the 2013-14 season. Essex County Cricket Club also hope to move in with them to play Twenty20 games at the stadium.
It is all part of an ambitious partnership with Newham Council which would then see the Hammers’ present Upton Park home redeveloped as part of a massive regeneration scheme.
“We’re in talks and have fantastic support from UK Athletics and people like the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and we are optimistic that we are the best opportunity to continue the Olympic legacy,” said Gold.
“To just leave this wonderful stadium after the Games are over would be criminal negligence,” he claimed. “We can easily satisfy Lord Coe and the Olympians and keep the athletics track as well as having a good football stadium.
“In three years’ time we could be in one of the most exciting stadiums in the world and I will do everything in my power to make this happen. It is the perfect Olympic legacy – a centre of true excellence for West Ham and the country.”