Big Sam weighs up move for Gallas
West Ham United, 13:42, June 29, 2012
West Ham are believed to be plotting a move for Tottenham defender William Gallas as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.
The Hammers boss Sam Allardyce believes the Frenchman would add much needed top-flight experience to his side’s rearguard, having played for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs since moving to England from Marseille in 2001.
Gallas struggled for fitness for much of last season as he was continually dogged by a niggling calf injury, and he would be available on a free transfer if Allardyce decided to firm up his interest.
Allardyce released Abdoulaye Faye, 34 in the summer, while another experienced defender in 31-year-old Danny Collins returned to Stoke following his loan spell at Upton Park.
Tottenham are prepared to let Gallas go as they too are planning to bring in defensive reinforcements with Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen still at the top of their wanted list, despite complications which are holding up the move.
The 34-year-old isn’t the only man on Allardyce’s radar, with the Sun claiming that the former Bolton and Blackburn boss has set his sights on Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf – a player who ironically has also been linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.
Seedorf, who has just left AC Milan, is also wanted by Brazilian side Botafogo, but the veteran has made it clear that he would prefer a move to England instead.