David Beckham is plotting deals to take two former England colleagues to America to sign for his new MLS franchise.
The Mail on Sunday reports that Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are both among the star names Beckham hopes to sign for his Miami-based side.
But given that the franchise is unlikely to be up and running before 2016 it seems unlikely that Ferdinand and Lampard will even be playing football by the time Beckham is able to sign them.
United defender Ferdinand is out of contract at the end of the current season. Given that he is now aged 34 and has struggled for form and fitness in recent seasons, a new deal is unlikely to be forthcoming.
Lampard was expected to leave Chelsea at the end of last season before the club had a late change of heart on his future, reportedly after an intervention by incoming manager Jose Mourinho.
At that stage LA Galaxy had seemed like one of the most likely destinations for the midfielder. The 35-year-old is out of contract again in the summer and could now choose to move on after the World Cup.
However, there is little prospect of Beckham being far enough down the line to be signing players next July.