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The French veteran is unlikely to be seen in navy blue and white next season, as reports linking him with a move to Australia appear largely speculative

Melbourne Victory have strongly played down reports linking William Gallas with a move to the A-League.

Goal Australia understands Victory are one of a host of clubs to have been contacted by Gallas' agents, who are attempting to secure a new contract for the free agent following his departure from Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season.

A source within the club indicated they have not pursued Gallas and, despite being offered the former France international, would be unlikely to allocate their marquee resources to a defender.

Victory have been linked with moves for Greek veteran Giorgos Karagounis and Italian forward Fabrizio Miccoli previously in the off-season, but were foiled in both cases.

Karagounis signed a contract extension at English Premier League club Fulham, while Miccoli was lured to hometown club Lecce after leaving Palermo on a free.

Head coach Ange Postecoglou and football operations manager Paul Trimboli are believed to still be determined to add a creative forward with considerable commercial appeal after allowing Marcos Flores, who underwhelmed in 2012-13, to join the Central Coast Mariners.

Gallas meanwhile is searching for a new employer after ending a three-year stay at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 36-year-old previously played for Chelsea and Arsenal to considerable acclaim, and managed a respectable 21 starts in all competitions for Spurs last season.

Despite their apparent lack of interest in Gallas, it is reasonable to assume Victory may wish to reinforce at the back.

Adrian Leijer and Nick Ansell are expected to start for Victory in central defence during the 2013-14 campaign, with promising youngster Jason Geria tipped to compete for a place at the back.

Victory were able to secure Dalian Aerbin defender Daniel Mullen on loan last term, while Mark Milligan is capable of filling in at centre-back, although Postecoglou will surely be reluctant to lose the Socceroo from midfield.

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