A-LEAGUE clubs will have to pull off a minor miracle if they are to land the services of David Beckham, with the soccer superstar claiming Australia is simply too far away from his business interests for him to contemplate a playing stint there.
Perth Glory owner Tony Sage met Beckham in London last week after the pair attended the opening of Viva Forever!, a stage show based on the songs of the Spice Girls, who included Beckham's wife Victoria.
Perth had tabled Beckham a package worth almost $2 million for him to join the club on a 10-match guest stint.
But the 37-year-old, who was also being chased by Melbourne Heart and Central Coast, told Sage he was unlikely to join an Australian club, despite seeking a new challenge in the twilight of his career.
''I got the chance to chat to David, and of course I asked him about coming to Australia,'' Sage told the Football Federation Australia website.
''He looked me in the eye and basically said, 'That would be nice, but it's too far away from my businesses'.
''It would have been great to have him at Perth Glory, but it looks like that won't be happening. I just don't think he'll be coming to Australia, full stop.''
Beckham's comments are a blow to the A-League, which was keen to add the former Manchester United hero to a star-studded list of marquees headed by Italian great Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC, former England international Emile Heskey at the Newcastle Jets, and Japan's Shinji Ono with Western Sydney.
The Glory was seen as the keenest pursuer of Beckham, who finished up a playing stint with LA Galaxy in the US earlier this month.
The subject of the former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder's playing future has been a hot topic around the world.