David Beckham is hoping that both Liverpool striker Michael Owen and Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira will join him at Real Madrid.

“With Vieira and Owen we would improve a lot,” the England captain told Spanish sports daily AS on Friday.

“Having two players like them in our team would help us a great deal and we’d be much stronger.

“You have to remember that they are two of the best players in the world and they would add extra quality to any team.”

Spanish media reported on Friday that Real were close to sealing a deal for Owen, but that talks with Arsenal had broken down after the Premier League club increased their asking price.

Beckham claimed that both players were keen to join Real.

“We have to have respect for both Arsenal and Liverpool, but if the players decide to leave – and that seems to be the case – then I hope they come to Real Madrid where they will find themselves very welcome.”