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Will China be David Beckham’s next (and last) landing zone?

Dec 30, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

Just 11 months ago, Beckham was walking off the StubHub Center field, and MLS champion. Just 11 months ago, Beckham was walking off the StubHub Center field, and MLS champion.

Transparent journalistic sourcing out of the English press being what it is – or more accurately, being what it usually is not – we must always file player movement stories somewhere between “accurate information” and “throwing spitballs to see if something sticks.”

One of today’s big talkers out of England says David Beckham is in talks to finish his illustrious playing days in China. That is according to this story in the Daily Mail.

If it’s true, he would join fellow EPL-exers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, both of whom have recently been drawn by the lure of big stacks of cash to Shanghai Shenhua. Beckham, of course, doesn’t need the green. Rather, it would be about expanding Brand Beckham and all that it implies.

What an unnamed source told The Daily Mail:

He has cracked Europe and America, he now has the chance to become huge in China and the Far East. This is a huge decision for him. While David wants one final challenge in football, a move to China is about more than that. It will push Brand Beckham to a whole new level.”

So this does deserve watching, if only because most of the important news related to Beckham has always come out of England, where his management handlers are based. That was true even for all the years Beckham has been based out of Los Angeles.

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