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With defensive troubles emerging at Tottenham, reports suggest that manager Harry Redknapp is considering signing former Arsenal captain William Gallas.
Redknapp is desperate to get new blood in by the end of the month because of concerns over Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate's fitness.
Gallas failed to agree a new deal at Arsenal this summer, and has attracted interest from numerous clubs since becoming a free agent, and a move to Spurs would resemble Sol Campbell's infamous switch in 2001, when the then Tottenham captain made the Bosman move to the clubs biggest rivals.
However, The Evening Standard reports that the sticking point for Spurs is Gallas' high wage demands, which are reported to be up to £90,000-a week.
With the highest earner at Tottenham at £65,000-a-week and the club unwilling to go higher, Gallas' demands may be too high, considering his age (the defender turns 33 next week).
Redknapp is betting that Gallas' reputed desire to stay in England and the start of the season just days away will force a compromise.
While some faction of the Tottenham supporters will always look down upon the club signing the former Arsenal captain, his experience may be crucial as the team prepares to play Swiss side Young Boys in a two-legged Champions League qualifying playoff this month.