Didier Drogba could be David Beckham's replacement with Galaxy
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who played in two World Cups for his native Ivory Coast, is apparently on the Galaxy's radar as a possible replacement for David Beckham, whose five-year contract with the Major League Soccer club runs out Dec. 31.
Drogba, 33, has turned down a one-year extension to remain with Chelsea in the English Premier League and his agent, Thierno Seydi, told Goal.com that "L.A. Galaxy are a possibility, among many others."
Michael Roth, a spokesman for AEG, the entertainment company that owns the Galaxy, said Tuesday that his group "certainly will not comment on rumors."
But "we're always looking for other players," he said, adding that talks about a contract extension with Beckham had not produced a deal. Beckham's deal paid him an MLS-record $32.5 million.
The Galaxy, with Beckham in tow, are currently on a three-game international tour of Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia. Beckham has said he will announce his next move when the team returns to Southern California.
The Galaxy, however, may not be Drogba's only suitor. He has also been linked to Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala, although Seydi said he has not received an offer from the club.
"At Didier's age he has nothing left to prove as a player," Seydi told Goal.com. "He'll go where he is offered the most money. It could be the United States, Russia, Qatar or somewhere else in Asia."
— Kevin Baxter
Photo: Wolverhampton's Roger Johnson, right, attempts to block the shot from Chelsea's Didier Drogba during an English Premier League soccer match on Nov. 26, 2011. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / Associated Press.