Spurs in shock link to ex-Gunners skipper

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Tottenham could be about to make a surprise swoop for former Arsenal captain William Gallas, according to reports.

The 33-year-old is a free agent - having been released by the Gunners after his contact ran out last month - and the Evening Standard suggests that Harry Redknapp is interested in signing the centre-back to ease his defensive woes.

Redknapp is understood to have concerns over the fitness of Ledley King and, with Jonathan Woodgate a long-term injury case, he is keen to bolster his ranks ahead of Spurs' maiden Champions League campaign.

Gallas has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but it is understood he wants to remain in England.

However, the former Chelsea defender is reportedly demanding wages of around £90,000 a week, and Spurs would have to break their wage structure to accommodate the French international.

Any potential deal is certain to get the ire of Arsenal supporters, who will be angered by the prospect of their ex-skipper joining their bitter rivals.

But Arsene Wenger will be concerned by his own defensive problems, with the loss of Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell meaning he is keen to add to his threadbare backline.

The Gunners boss has been linked with a whole host of potential signings, with reports suggesting that he could be about to bid for Fulham stopper Brede Hangeland, Man City's Micah Richards or West Ham captain Matthew Upson.

Despite having worries over defensive reinforcements, Wenger has been boosted by the news that Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky intends to stay at the Emirates.

Rosicky, 29, has been linked with a move away from north London, but he told "It (speculation) is a normal thing in the football business,

"I must thank everyone for showing interest because it flatters me, but I must repeat myself - I am satisfied to be with Arsenal. 

"And as long as the club want me to stay, I am not interested in moving elsewhere."

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