Monaco chief executive Tor-Kristian Karlsen has confirmed his club are exploring a possible deal for David Beckham .
Beckham's five-year stay with Major League Soccer franchise the Los Angeles Galaxy comes to an end this weekend and, at first glance, a move to the second tier of French football may seem an unlikely fit for the former England captain.
But since their relegation from the top flighr in 2010, Monaco have been taken over by billionaire Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has lofty ambitions to restore them as a major force.
Karlsen told BBC Sport: "We are happy with our current squad but if there's a chance to get a player of Beckham's stature, we'd be foolish not to explore it.
"Right now we're trying to learn if Beckham's future ambitions are in sync with ours.
"I understand he's high in demand but it's natural for a player with his experience and quality. Let's see what the next few weeks bring.