Sven-Goran Eriksson reveals Beckham bid

London: Sven-Goran Eriksson confirmed Thursday he has tried to bring former England captain David Beckham back to English football with Leicester.

Eriksson, who as England manager worked closely with Beckham, is now in charge of second-tier Leicester, whose ambitious Thai owners have made it clear they are prepared to back their Swedish boss in the transfer market.

Beckham, who recently turned down an approach from Everton manager David Moyes, is currently playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in America`s Major League Soccer and Eriksson accepts his Foxes will have to be in the top flight if they are to lure big names to the Midlands club.

"The owners want a big signing," Eriksson told Sky Sports on Thursday.

Leicester, well down the Championship table, have also been linked with Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and Manchester City`s Roque Santa Cruz.

"It is interesting the players that have been mentioned. I made phone calls to more or less all of them," Eriksson said.

"Most of them, they don`t really want to come to our league. If we get to the Premier League it will be much easier to get these players. But we are trying and the owners are happy to back me.

"If you talk about Beckham, of course I should take Beckham but I don`t think he will go anywhere. I spoke to his agent to see if there was a small chance, but he said it was not possible."

Bureau Report

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