Man United says no to David Beckham

As David Beckham was musing to reporters in England last weekend about finding a club for a short-term loan, he said he naturally would prefer to play at home.

“I have always missed playing in [England's] Premier League since I left it almost eight years ago,” the English midfielder said after an awards ceremony in Birmingham. “It is a great league and one of the most competitive in the world. Maybe one day I will come back here, but I have always said it will only be for [Manchester] United.

“I’m not holding my breath on that one.”

Good thing. Man United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports on Friday that he has no interest in bringing Beckham, 35, back to his original club.

"I don't think so. with David at his age," Ferguson said. "I have never signed a player at that age, have I?"

Well, there's always Arsenal, right?

"I would consider signing David Beckham,” Gunners boss Arsene Wenger told The Sun newspaper, “but we have [Theo] Walcott, [Samir] Nasri, [Tomas] Rosicky, [Andrei] Arshavin and (Emmanuel) Eboue who can play on the flanks.”

Everton's David Moyes expressed interest, but Beckham said no thanks, and former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson admits he tried to arrange a loan to Leicester City. There are reports in England that Tottenham -- the club Beckham's grandfather supported -- would like to bring him in, and Turkey's Besiktas and Sydney FC in Australia are open to Becks, too.

The Galaxy isn't so keen on Beckham departing on loan next month. Coach Bruce Arena has made it clear he expects Beckham present when camp opens in late January.