David Beckham is eager to purchase a $9.9 million (GBP5.5 million) London house in a move to rescue his marriage - following reports the soccer star cheated on his wife VICTORIA.

Beckham has made an offer on the palatial pad in London's exclusive Chelsea area - amid reports he's poised to leave Spanish club Real Madrid for CHELSEA in a $36 million (GBP20 million) transfer this summer (04) - and hopes the career transition will help the former SPICE GIRL forgive him for his alleged affair with former personal assistant Rebecca Loos.

The sportsman has failed to adapt to life in Spain and yearns to be back in Britain with his wife and sons BROOKLYN, five, and ROMEO, 19 months old, according to The Sun tabloid.

A source says, "David is coming home.

"He wants to be with his family and he knows it is essential to keep his marriage on the straight and narrow."

02/05/2004 10:27