LeBron James eager to team up with Beckham in Miami

The basketball star, who owns a stake in Liverpool, in interested in joining the former England captain's efforts to establish an MLS side in Florida
NBA star LeBron James has confirmed that he is in talks with David Beckham over joining the latter's plans to start an MLS franchise in Miami.

The former England captain, who had the option to purchase a team included in his contract when he signed for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, met with league chiefs in October over the possibility of founding a club in Florida.

James, who owns a stake in Liverpool, has revealed he has spoken with Beckham over the prospect of bringing the MLS back to the city and is confident the project could become a huge success.

"There's some interest in both sides," the basketball icon told ESPN.

"David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club, for sure.

"The research is still being made out but I think it can be huge.

"I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There is a lot of great youth soccer here."

Miami's last MLS franchise folded in 2002, when Miami Fusion were withdrawn from the league after just four seasons.