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January 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

David Beckham signs with top French club, Paris Saint-Germain (Thursday links)

Big news on transfer deadline day has involved a big-name free agent. David Beckham — formerly of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy — has signed a five-month deal with French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

But that’s not all. The 37-year-old will not collect a salary. Instead the money owed him will be donated to a children’s charity in Paris. The exact amount wasn’t immediately known.

Beckham will reunite with manager Carlo Ancelotti, who he played under at AC Milan on loan.

Let’s get to some links:

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Here’s a story on Sounders FC supplemental draft pick Will Bates that says the forward will be in Seattle later this week.

— A former Sounders draft pick, Jason Banton, has been loaned by Crystal Palace to Plymouth Argyle.

— The Sounders Women and U-23s announced a developmental partnership Thursday with Washington Youth Soccer.

— Around the league, D.C. United has officially sold homegrown product Andy Najar to Belgium club RSC Anderlecht (Najar issued a letter to the fans here), Goal.com says Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo will not be going to Europe this window, and the Galaxy has scheduled a Feb. 19 friendly versus Mexico’s Club Tijuana.

— Looks like the Brek Shea move to Stoke City is official, too.

— Might the U.S. men’s national team host Belgium in a May friendly? Also, The Sporting News has some USMNT thoughts after Tuesday’s exhibition.

— Might Europe be looking to adopt more of an MLS schedule (instead of vice versa)?

— You see this picture of Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando for ESPN: The Magazine? Pretty cool.

— Lastly, Jozy Altidore caught up with SI.com and ESPN.com regarding the racist chants he endured earlier this week in a Dutch Cup game.

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