The Los Angeles Galaxy have confirmed they are interested in signing David Beckham if the former England captain leaves Real Madrid.
Beckham is out of contract in Spain at the end of the season and having spent most of the season at Real on the bench, Beckham is understood to be considering a move.
“There are thousands of clubs out there that would love to have a player of his calibre,” said Galaxy boss Alexi Lalas.
“And the Los Angeles Galaxy is certainly one of them.”
Beckham, who played against the Galaxy for Real in a pre-season game in 2005, has admitted that he would like to end his career in the US.
“I’ve one year left at Real, and maybe two more after that, but things can change in football and the American league does interest me,” said Beckham.
“I want to be part of a country that is passionate about sport. And I’ve got my academy in LA, which is important to me because that is my life after the game.”
Speaking to BBC Sport, Lalas, the Galaxy’s president and general manager, said Beckham’s signing would represent a huge coup both for the club and MLS.
“For many people the Los Angeles Galaxy are looked upon as the jewel of MLS,” he said.
“We play in the best stadium, we have had incredible success over the history of the league and we have had great individual players and great teams. There is a tradition of excellence.
“All of this leads to this race to become the first ‘MLS super club’, if you will.
“That is something we aspire to and in order to do that you have to have quality players, a direction and passion, a good coach and credibility domestically and internationally.
“Signing players of (Beckham’s) stature would be a wonderful step in the right direction, not just for the Galaxy but for soccer in America.
“A move for Beckham is not something we need to discuss at this point because he’s under contract with Real,” he said.
“But if that changes, and there’s an opportunity, of course we’d be interested.”