Football: Moyes offers Beckham Everton loan deal

LONDON, Nov 27, 2010 (AFP) - Everton coach David Moyes on Saturday offered David Beckham a route back into English football by saying that he would be prepared to offer the England superstar a loan move to Goodison Park.

Beckham recently finished the Major League Soccer season with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but he spent the last two winters on loan at Italian giants AC Milan in a bid to prove his form and fitness to England coach Fabio Capello.

The 35-year-old missed the World Cup after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury with Milan in March and said in September that he would not be joining another European side this season.

Moyes, though, said a loan deal would be easy to arrange and hinted that Everton skipper Phil Neville, a former team-mate of Beckham's at Manchester United, could play a part in setting up the move.

"I hope that if David wanted to come he would give me a call. He only needs to call me or Phil Neville," said Moyes, who briefly played alongside Beckham at Preston North End while Beckham was there on loan from United in 1995.

"He knows how to get hold of Phil and he knows how to get hold of me.

"We would have to look into it financially. But if he came and said to me 'I would like to come and play' then I would have to go to the chairman and ask if we could make it work by selling enough replica shirts."

Despite his "respect" for Moyes, Beckham did not seem over-enthusiastic about the offer.

"Right now I'm just getting my body back into shape because I was out of the game for six months with a pretty serious injury and I came back pretty quickly," Beckham said after LA Galaxy's 2-1 friendly loss to the Newcastle Jets in Australia on Saturday night.

"I think I'm feeling the effects of the month and a half I've played since I got injured.

"I think it's always nice to be wanted and it's always nice to have options out there and I've always respected David Moyes from the time I've played with him at Preston North End ... plus I respect him as a manager.

"It's always nice to be wanted, but I'm a Man United fan and it's a pretty close rivalry, so I don't know."

Beckham is England's most capped outfield player with 115 caps and is only 10 caps short of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's overall record.

He has not played for England since before the World Cup but a move to a European team would likely boost his chances of earning a recall from Capello.

Beckham's Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan impressed during a loan spell at Everton last season and Moyes revealed that he was also hoping to bring the American international back to the club.

"Landon does not need to make up his mind until next month," said the Scot.

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