Harry closes in on Gallas capture
Published 23:00 18/08/10 By John Cross
Harry Redknapp has stepped up his bid to pull off a controversial deal for William Gallas.
Wheeler dealer Redknapp is determined to strengthen his squad, especially after Tottenham’s Champions League defensive horror show against Young Boys.
Former Arsenal skipper Gallas, now a free agent, is understood to be “very interested” in moving to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp wants the Frenchman because he has concerns over the long-term future of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate, but may struggle to convince chairman Daniel Levy about signing the 33-year-old centre-half.
Gallas left Arsenal in June after he failed to land a two-year deal and looked destined for Juventus before the Italian giants pulled out when he received a better offer from Panathinaikos.
But the move to Greece fell through and, despite interest in France, Gallas has set his sights on the Premier League.
Gallas was famously stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal after criticising his team-mates and joining Spurs would make him unpopular with both sets of fans. That would not deter Redknapp although Levy has concerns.
Redknapp also wants to ship out midfielder Jermaine Jenas and will listen to offers for Robbie Keane to clear the way for Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano.
Redknapp has not disguised his admiration of Brazilian striker Fabiano, but that deal looked dead until this week when Spurs were sounded out again to see if they were still keen.
Spurs are not rushing to meet Sevilla’s £18million asking price and it will also take some sales to make the deal happen. But Redknapp, quiet so far in the transfer window, is convinced Fabiano is worth the effort.