David Beckham is finally in line for a knighthood after his finances were given the all clear, according to a new report.
The Sun claims that the former footballer, 46, has been formally nominated and moved to the official recommendations list for next June.
In 2014 Beckham was on the verge of becoming Sir David in the New Year’s Honours list until a ‘red flag’ warning from HM Revenue and Customs sunk his nomination.
Beckham’s involvement in an alleged tax avoidance scheme had scuppered his hopes.
The former footballer was one of dozens of wealthy celebrities who invested in the controversial Ingenious Media scheme to fund movies and reduce investors’ personal tax liability. HMRC labelled the scheme a tax avoidance vehicle.
But a source has now told the publication: ‘David, like many of the celebs embroiled with Ingenious, had no knowledge of what was going on at the time.
‘His team first proactively approached HMRC almost two years ago, when David made his business independent, and then finally got it all settled, once and for all, this year.
‘In 2013 David was told the only reason he was overlooked for a knighthood was because of the tax fiasco. Now it’s been cleared up, there is absolutely no reason for him not to be honoured.
‘He would obviously be utterly thrilled with a knighthood — but is under no illusions and will only believe it when he sees it.’
The former Manchester United and England ace was widely expected to be knighted after his 20-year football career ended in May 2013.
The husband of fashion designer Victoria, 47, is a father of four and has raised around £50million for charity, working with organisations like UnicefHe had also played a key role in the London 2012 Olympics.