Sage looks to Spice up bid to lure Beckham
"Financially, we can’t compete with Chinese or Middle Eastern clubs" ... Perth Glory owner Tony Sage. Photo: AP
PERTH GLORY owner Tony Sage will use next month's opening of the Spice Girls musical in London to try to persuade David Beckham to come to the A-League.
Perth have tabled a package worth about $2 million in their bid to land Beckham for a 10-match guest stint. Melbourne Heart, Central Coast, Western Sydney and Adelaide are other Australian clubs in the hunt for the 37-year-old superstar.
Beckham finishes his career with Los Angeles Galaxy early next month but has indicated he won't make a decision on his future until Christmas.
That works out perfectly for Sage, who will be in London on December 11 for the launch of Viva Forever! - a new West End musical based on the hit songs of the Spice Girls.
Sage, who has been invited by former Spice Girl Mel B, is unsure whether Beckham will be at the launch.
Even if he's not, Sage will try to have a quiet word in the ear of Victoria Beckham, who no doubt will play a key role in helping her husband decide where to play next.
''The launch of the musical is a big thing in London. It's a big thing for Posh, so Beckham might be there,'' Sage said on Thursday. ''It's a perfect opportunity to pitch something.''
Should Beckham choose to link up with the Glory, Sage said the club would move their home games from nib Stadium to Patersons Stadium to cater for the increased interest.
Beckham's stint would likely start in mid-January.
''Financially, we can't compete with Chinese or Middle Eastern clubs. They can write a cheque for five or $10 million easily,'' Sage said of the battle to sign Beckham.
''Maybe he sees Australia as the last frontier. That might be a big challenge for him. In the end, I wouldn't mind if we lose, just as long as he goes to another Australian club.''