James already has ownership stake in Liverpool.
Miami Heat star LeBron James has revealed that he has held talks with David Beckham over the potential of introducing an MLS franchise to the city.
The 28-year-old is a keen follower of the sport and has an ownership stake in Premier League club Liverpool, but it is understood he is willing to expand his interest.
Meanwhile, Beckham, who retired from the game recently and has been exploring the idea of running his own franchise for some time has held talks with the NBA star over the past few months.
“There’s some interest in both sides,” James said on Monday, as reported by 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.”
James conceded that his interest in the sport has grown since he secured a business partnership with Fenway Sports Group to purchase Liverpool, and he has begun to step up his investments in businesses off the court.
It will be a promising sign for Heat fans too, as it would appear that he is perhaps laying the foundations for a long-term future with the franchise having already won two championships.
However, James insisted that at this stage it is merely the research which is being conducted despite the fact that he believes it would be a great location to base a franchise given the talent in the area.
Meanwhile, Beckham reportedly has an option to acquire an MLS franchise at a discounted rate, believed to be around $25m. ESPN believe that option will expire at the end of the year, although the conditions are still unclear at this stage.