David Beckham was adamant during the Major League Soccer season that he would not be seeking a loan agreement this winter, using the time to rest and prepare for the final season of his five-year deal with the Galaxy.
It appears he's changed his mind.
Beckham, who was out of action for six months after snapping an Achilles' tendon last March while on loan to AC Milan, told reporters in England that he plans to go somewhere next month.
“I won’t be going back to AC Milan this time because it is not possible to go onto the roster for such a short length of time,” Beckham said after picking up a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Birmingham, England. “But I will be going back somewhere, as I want to keep myself fit and keep myself in with a chance of getting called up for England again. To do that, I have to be somewhere, so fingers crossed I can sort something out.”
The Galaxy had no comment.
Beckham spent the second half of the 2008-09 season with AC Milan and wasn't eligible to rejoin the Galaxy until July 2009; his second deal to Milan would have kept him away from L.A. until after the World Cup.
He wasn't explicit in what form of a loan deal he was hoping for. Landon Donovan, who acknowledged last month he might consider returning to England on loan, spent 10 weeks with Everton early this year before joining the Galaxy before the 2010 season kicked off.
L.A. will begin preseason in mid- to late January. Its MLS opener is March 15 at Seattle.
At least three English clubs are vying to take Donovan on loan. London-based Fulham (which features American forward/midfielder Clint Dempsey) and Newcastle United have expressed interest, and Everton manager David Moyes, who'd love to bring the Galaxy captain back after his sensational run for the Liverpool-based club.
Moyes acknowledged that he's spoken to Donovan and is hoping for a decision by next week. Moyes last month said he be interested in bringing in Beckham, too, but the English superstar says he'd only return to the English Premier League if he could return to Manchester United, most unlikely.