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Redknapp confirms Gallas deal

Spurs boss says move for defender was 'no-brainer'

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 20/08/10 10:22pm

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that William Gallas is set to join the club and described the move as a 'no-brainer'.

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The French defender was released by Arsenal at the end of last season and is now on the brink of joining the Gunners' arch North London rivals.

Gallas, 33, will undergo a medical at White Hart Lane on Friday afternoon ahead of moving on a one-year contract.

Redknapp has opted to go for the France international to bolster his options in central defence, with Jonathan Woodgate still out with a long-term groin injury and Ledley King plagued with knee problems.

The Spurs boss admits he did not have to think too hard about securing the services of the former Chelsea man, who he confirmed is on the verge of completing his switch.

"He's a no-brainer on a free transfer," said Redknapp.

The centre-back's wage demands - reportedly £80,000 per week - were thought to have been behind his departure from the Emirates Stadium, as manager Arsene Wenger was not prepared to break the bank to keep him.

Redknapp denies that Gallas' wage requirements at Tottenham are beyond reasonable and says he will not be on a ridiculous salary.

He added: "He's never asked for big money here.

"The chairman's agreed a one-year contract with him and the wages are more than reasonable.

"He'll bring experience, he's a top-class player. Arsenal offered him a contract at the end of last season which he didn't accept and he became a free agent.

"(He's) an absolute top-class player so I'm well pleased to have him here."


When asked if he was concerned what reception Gallas would receive from the Spurs fans, Redknapp remarked: "He's not the first player to go from Tottenham to Arsenal or Arsenal to Tottenham. It happens all the time - (Carlos) Tevez goes from Man Utd to Man City.

"He (Gallas) was at Chelsea, he won championships and all sorts at Chelsea, so he's a footballer, a great lad as well.

"I've been really impressed with him so I'm looking forward to having him here. He'll improve Tottenham and that's all I'm concerned about.

"He wants to come here and play and that shows character. He's not bothered about that (reception), he's got the bottle to come and want to play here.

"Anyone who plays for Tottenham the fans I'm sure will give him a good reception. He's a nice guy, what's he done wrong?

"The only problem he has, he gets annoyed with people at times who are not as professional as he is.

"That is not a bad thing, that can't do any harm. He wants everyone to be as professional and want to win as much as he does.

"If he can bring that to this team as well that will be a good bonus for us. He's got vast experience, whenever we've played against him over the years I've always thought he's been a world-class defender, at Arsenal and at Chelsea."

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