Beckham aspires to bring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to Inter Miami

Pull of Miami could help swing trades; Adam Armstrong fee is a Hammer blow.

SOCCER: Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham says he "aspires" to bring in players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the MLS club, writes the Daily Mirror.

Asked about blockbuster swoops for the two giants of the world game, he said: "Being in Miami, our fans want to see the big stars."

And he believes the location of the franchise would be a major draw for the duo who have both expressed an interest in finishing their careers in the US.

"Miami is a great pull for anyone and those kinds of players [Messi and Ronaldo] are who we aspire to bring here."

The chances of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lining up alongside Ryan Shawcross in the summer are still slim, however.

Paddy Power rate a summer move to Inter Miami as a 9/1 chance for Ronaldo, while the chances of Messi joining any MLS club in the next window are priced at 14/1.

Could Cristiano Ronaldo be reunited with David Beckham?
Could Cristiano Ronaldo be reunited with David Beckham?

Luke Shaw's hearing could lead to FA hearing

SOCCER: Luke Shaw could face an FA charge - despite withdrawing his claims that referee Stuart Attwell refused to give Manchester United a penalty because of the reaction it would cause.

United now claim Shaw misheard Attwell. However, according to The Sun, FA regulations state that comments about officials that 'imply bias or attack their integrity' lay a player open to a misconduct charge under Rule E3 (1).

Should the FA decide he has a case to answer and formal charges follow, a commission would sit during the international break for England's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland at the end of the month.

Shaw missed out on Gareth Southgate's last squad but an impressive run of form has him as short as 8/15 with Bet365 to make the Euro 2020 final cut. Would a ban affect his chances?

As for those World Cup qualifiers, England are 1/5 to win a pretty weak Group I, which also contains Andorra and Hungary.

Arm-strong arm tactics from Blackburn designed to scare off West Ham

SOCCER: Blackburn Rovers want an eyewatering £25million for West Ham striker target Adam Armstrong, according to the Daily Mail.

The fee has been inflated in part due to the whopping 40% of the profit due to previous club Newcastle United.

The Hammers, who had hoped to pay around £10million, may now look elsewhere.

Armstrong, 24, has 19 goals in the Championship this season, six behind Brentford striker Ivan Tomey another former Magpie who also has a host of Premier League suitors.

Tomey's healthy lead in the goalscoring charts has him as short as 1/8 for the Championship Golden Boot, with Armstrong a 13/2 chance with Paddy Power.

Tomey looks likely to be playing in the top flight next year whatever the outcome of the transfer speculation, with Brentford 2/5 to secure promotion.

Valencia decline is a crying shame for Gabriel

SOCCER: Former Arsenal defender Gabriel has broken down in tears about Valencia's decline.

Saturday's loss to Getafe saw Javi Gracia's side drop to 14th in La Liga, just five points above the drop zone and it was all too much for Gabriel, according to the Daily Mail.

Financial troubles forced Valencia to sell key players Dani Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Rodrigo and Ferran Torres and after competing in the Champions League last season, they are as short as 10/1 with William Hill for the drop.

However, they can still be backed at 16/1 to go down with Bet365.

Gabriel Paulista in happier times at Arsenal, with Alex Iwobi
Gabriel Paulista in happier times at Arsenal, with Alex Iwobi

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