London, April 17 : Hollywood hunk Tom Cruise and soccer ace David Beckham are considering buying a football team.
A source has said that Beckham is keen to keep busy when he eventually retires from playing and has therefore joined forces with close pal Cruise to buy a soccer club.
The pair's star status and hefty bank balance is expected to attract some of the world's best players, but it is yet to be decided if the club would be in the UK or US.
"David has often spoken of his desire to concentrate on his youth football academies, rather than a career in management when he retires from the game," The Daily Express quoted the source as saying.
"Perhaps a high-profile soccer venture with a Hollywood superstar would also give him back some of the credibility he surely feels he lost after fleeing prestigious Real Madrid for a megabucks deal in the US," the source added.
It has also been reported that 32-year-old footballer has an option to buy a Major League Soccer (MLS) club when his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy expires after the 2011 season.
According to American TV programme 60 Minutes, Beckham's option to buy a US or Canadian MLS club was granted to him and manager Simon Fuller by AEG - which owns not just Galaxy but also other teams and venues worldwide - when he signed up for the American club.