Palace eye up a deal for veteran defender Gallas.
Crystal Palace are preparing a surprise swoop for former Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back William Gallas in a bid to avoid relegation, according to the Daily Mail.
The 35-year-old left Spurs this summer after three years at White Hart Lane and is currently unemployed for the first time in 12 years playing football in England.
Palace meanwhile need all the help they can get with arguably the weakest squad in the whole of the Premier League and despite Gallas’ age, the experience the Frenchman would bring would be invaluable.
The defender arrived in England way back in 2001 when the Blues bought the France international from Olympique Marseille for £8m.
Gallas became a stalwart at Stamford Bridge for five years, winning two league titles under Jose Mourinho before being used as a makeweight to bring Ashley Cole from the Gunners in 2006.
The defender played for four years at the Emirates Stadium with varied success, before then making the trip across north London to Tottenham.
Yet with Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson all ahead of the veteran in the pecking order at Spurs, Gallas was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Andre Villas-Boas and the club decided not to renew the centre-back’s contract.
It would be a massive coup if the Eagles could land the French defender, as with little financial backing the south London club could struggle to avoid going straight back to the Championship in 2013/14.