Marks & Spencer is expected to end its contract with England footballer David Beckham amid attempts to boost the high-street store's flagging image, according to the Financial Times.

The deal had previously been set to continue until spring 2005, but M&S is said to be looking to axe the DBO7 range within the next month, and scrapping plans to have a spring collection in 2005.

M&S launched the range in 2002, but Beckham, who has since left the UK to join Real Madrid, has since seen his previously golden image tarnished amidst speculation of extra-marital affairs.

M&S's chief executive, Stuart Rose, said earlier in the year that he was planning on cutting down on the store's clothing lines after repeated takeover bids from entrepreneur Philip Green caused the company to rethink its operations.