Hucks and Becks set to team up?
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries star Darren Huckerby is reportedly being targeted as part of David Beckham's LA Galaxy revolution.The American operation are said to be looking for a striker from England as part of their plans for the new season - and it was yesterday claimed in a Sunday newspaper that Huckerby has made it clear he would be interested in playing in the Major Soccer League.
Canaries star Darren Huckerby is reportedly being targeted as part of David Beckham's LA Galaxy revolution.
The American operation are said to be looking for a striker from England as part of their plans for the new season - and it was yesterday claimed in a Sunday newspaper that Huckerby has made it clear he would be interested in playing in the Major Soccer League.
The only thing standing in Huckerby's way would be the age restriction which new manager Ruud Gullit has reportedly imposed, with the Dutchman's ceiling said to be 28-30.
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Should Huckerby be on Galaxy's list, it is likely the move would have to be sanctioned by Beckham, pictured below, who has a say in all the team's decisions and reportedly pays part of Gullit's salary.
Huckerby's contract at Carrow Road runs to the end of the current season and while he has hinted he may be prepared to play one more campaign he has always said Norwich would be his last English club.
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The past year has been punctuated by criticism of the club by Huckerby, who has seen top quality players leave for greener pastures, and he has questioned the club's ambitions.
There have been suggestions he may one day be reunited with Celtic boss Gordon Strachan, who has been a long-time admirer of Huckerby since their time together at Coventry City, but it could also mean a swansong in north America.
While Beckham and LA Galaxy may, arguably, want a higher profile player, there is no doubting that Huckerby's fitness allied with his playing style would make him an attractive proposition.
Beckham aside, Galaxy's star players are highly-rated Landon Donovan and former Liverpool defender Abel Xavier.
Galaxy have been linked with Celtic's Polish international Maciej Zurawski, and while general manager Alexi Lalas said the rumours were unfounded, he did admit the club were looking to add some depth for the new MLS season, which begins in March.
"We're no different than any other team in that we're always looking to use the off-season to upgrade the individual positions that we feel appropriate," said Lalas.
"We do have to upgrade and we do have to improve.
"Having said that, to a certain extent over the past several years, the Galaxy has lost some of the principles that have been fundamental to our success."