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20 Aug 2010

Tottenham are on the verge of signing former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas on a free transfer, BBC Sport understands.

The 32-year-old France international is due to undergo a medical on Friday ahead of signing a one-year deal.

Although some details of the deal are still to be finalised, Gallas has agreed to take a wage cut to join Harry Redknapp's regime at White Hart Lane.

Gallas will be Spurs' second arrival of the summer following Brazilian Sandro.

The 21-year-old will arrive on Friday after helping Internacional to the Copa Libertadores title against Mexico's Chivas Gudalajara on Wednesday.

A £7m deal for the defensive midfielder was agreed back in March, but Sandro - who has been learning English since then - was allowed to stay with Internacional for as long as the club were in the Copa Libertadores.

"It was the farewell of my dreams," he said after lifting the trophy on Wednesday. "I dreamed of being champion and leaving with this trophy in my luggage."

While he may have to wait for his Premier League bow as he gets used to life in England, there will be no such worries for veteran Gallas.

Gallas left Arsenal this summer after rejecting their offer of a pay cut and shortened deal, but is expected to accept similar terms at Tottenham.

And manager Redknapp is unworried by the defender's connections to Spurs' fiercest rivals. Gallas spent four years at Arsenal, having spent five years at Chelsea before that.

"He's been an Arsenal player but he was at Chelsea before that and playing abroad before he arrived there," Redknapp said last week.

"It's not like we would be signing Tony Adams. Gallas is a good player and he would be a very useful addition to our squad."

With Jonathan Woodgate still out with a long-term groin injury and captain Ledley King plagued by knee problems that limit his playing time, Redknapp has been keen to bolster his defensive resources.

Gallas will also provide competition to the likes of centre-backs Michael Dawson, Sebastien Bassong and Younes Kaboul.

The Frenchman will not be signed in time to face Stoke on Saturday, but could be in contention to face Young Boys when Spurs host the Swiss side in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.


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