Manhattan transfer: Beckhams line up move to New York so Posh can push her fashion career
23:44 GMT, 3 November 2012
David Beckham is set to quit US football team LA Galaxy and may move to New York so his wife can pursue her fashion career.
The 37-year-old star, who has become arguably more famous off the pitch than on it, is not expected to renew his one-year rolling contract with the club, which comes to an end on December 31.
Sources close to the former England and Manchester United player, who moved to the US from Spain’s Real Madrid as part of a 20 million deal in 2007, said he has no plans to retire from football.
New goal: The Beckhams have eyes on the Big Apple
But it is understood he and his wife Victoria, 38, are considering a move to New York with sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, ten, Cruz, seven and 16-month-old daughter Harper.
A source said: ‘Talks have begun about the next step for the family and New York is one of the options being talked about seriously.
‘LA has given the family the outdoors lifestyle that they’ve loved for five years. But now the children are getting older and the couple both look to the future in their careers.’
Fashion career: Victoria Beckham at New York fashion week and with Vogue editor Anna Wintour
Former Spice Girl Victoria is understood to have viewed properties and schools in Manhattan including the Convent of The Sacred Heart school for Harper.
The school overlooks Central Park and fees start at 23,221 a year. It boasts Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F Kennedy, socialite Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga among its alumni.
Playing his part: Backham is playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS play-offs
Since moving to the US five years ago, Victoria has established herself as a designer and showcased her 2013 collection at New York Fashion week in September.
This week Beckham was asked if he had another season in him, two years shy of turning 40.
‘Who knows’ he said. ‘I’m going to enjoy being in the play-offs… and then we’ll see how this body feels. Even when I stop playing, I’ll have a hunger to do something better and be the best.’
Heading east: David and Victoria Beckham are looking to move from Los Angles for New York
Last night their spokesman said: ‘Since David and Victoria landed in America there has been speculation they will leave, yet they still love living there. David’s sole focus at the moment is winning another Championship.’
Victoria’s spokesman said: ‘Right now it’s business as usual and the family are happy here in LA.’