QPR step up chase for Tottenham defender Gallas

Spurs are willing to let the Frenchman leave on a free transfer but the 34-year-old does not want to take a wage cut to switch to his fourth London club
By Wayne Veysey & Greg Stobart

QPR have upped their chase for William Gallas but the Tottenham defender is unwilling to take a drop in wages to move to Loftus Road, Goal.com has learned.

Manager Mark Hughes has already signed Ryan Nelsen after he was released by Spurs earlier in the summer but wants another experienced centre-back to strengthen his defence.
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Gallas, who, like Nelsen is 34, has a year remaining on his £60,000-a-week Tottenham contract and has been moved down the White Hart Lane pecking order by the arrival of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax and the return of Steven Caulker following a successful loan spell at Swansea City.

Spurs are willing to let Gallas leave on a free transfer as new manager Andre Villas-Boas tries to lower the average age of the squad.

The Frenchman, who has also played for Chelsea and Arsenal, wants to stay in the capital but does not want to take a wage cut to move to his fourth London club.

QPR have made fresh enquiries for Gallas in recent weeks but they are unwilling to make him one of their highest paid players, given his age and growing susceptibility to injury. The Frenchman made only 18 appearances for Spurs last season.

Backed by funds from owner Tony Fernandes, Hughes has been one of the busiest Premier League managers in the transfer market this summer after the club struggled on their return to the top flight last season.

Rangers have already completed permanent deals for Nelsen, Robert Green, Andrew Johnson, Park Ji-Sung, Junior Hoilett and Samba Diakite, and loaned full-back Fabio Da Silva from Manchester United for the season.

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