Hammers mull role for Beckham

2010-07-25 18:00

London - West Ham co-owner David Gold is tempted to hand David Beckham a key role as the East London club seek to obtain residency at London's Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, media reports said on Sunday.

Gold views the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder as the ideal ambassador to secure a deal to move the English Premier League club to the new ground and is also mulling the possibility of handing the former England skipper a short-term playing role.

"David Beckham could play a massive part, because of his roots, in helping West Ham win the Olympic Stadium. And maybe he can still play for us in the autumn of his career," Gold told the Sunday Express.

"For him to join a club like us and help us bring another dream to fruition would be perfect for everyone. We want him aboard."

LA Galaxy star Beckham, denied the chance to play at this summer's World Cup owing to injury, has admitted he would love to feature for a Great Britain team at the London Games in his home city, even though by then he will be 37.

"If I'm still playing and I'm still considered to make a difference to the team I'd love to, but if not then I'm definitely going to be there anyway," Beckham said recently.

"It's the east end of London - it's on my manor. To be part of getting the Olympics to the east end of London... it's one of the best experiences that I've ever experienced," Beckham said after working as an ambassador for the successful 2012 bid.