Gallas set for Spurs medical

Former Arsenal captain William Gallas has reportedly agreed terms with their rivals Tottenham Hotspurs and will undergo a medical at Tottenham today ahead of a free transfer move to White Hart Lane on a one-year deal.

William Gallas

Gallas has been available on a free transfer since June, having been released by Arsenal after being unable to agree a new contract at Emirates Stadium. And the France international, who played for Les Bleus during their disastrous World Cup campaign, will become only the sixth player to have joined Spurs having played for their bitter north London rivals, and the first since David Bentley.

Gallas played for Arsenal for four years after moving from Chelsea in 2006, making 101 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, but Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is not worried about his connections with Spurs’ rivals:

“He’s been an Arsenal player but he was at Chelsea before that and playing abroad before he arrived there,” Redknapp said last week. “It’s not like we would be signing Tony Adams. Gallas is a good player and he would be a very useful addition to our squad.”

With Jonathan Woodgate still out with a long-term groin injury and captain Ledley King plagued by knee problems that limit his playing time, Redknapp has been keen to bolster his defensive resources. Gallas will also provide competition to the likes of centre-backs Michael Dawson, Sebastien Bassong and Younes Kaboul.

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