David and Victoria Beckham could offer £40 million for murdered Gianna Versace's mansion.

The Italian fashion designer was shot on the doorstep of his Miami home in 1997, and the retired soccer star is said to be ready to make a bid on the villa.

According to reports in the Daily Mirror newspaper, the superstar couple are among the big names set for an auction next month where the home will be up for sale.

The property has been used as an exclusive hotel for many years, and its owners failed to sell it for £82 million last year.

The potential moves comes with speculation David is planning to start up his own US-based soccer team, a prospect which excites the nation's professional league.

A spokesman for Major League Soccer commented: ''It would be great to have David involved with us.''

An insider recently added: ''The Beckhams' people have enquired about the mansion, but it's all very hush-hush.

''It's an incredibly beautiful family home and oozes Gianni Versace's style ideas. Posh would be in heaven. She's positively drooling at the prospect of living there.

''It'll be very much a second home for them because they intend to be based in the UK from now on. But if all goes well with David's football venture they'll spend a lot of time in Miami and want a spectacular house right by the water.''