Out-of-contract Tottenham defender William Gallas is preparing to swap London for a brand new life in Perth, Australia, with reports indicating he is close to a move to the A-League.
The former Chelsea and later Arsenal defender was released by the White Hart Lane club at the end of last season following their failure to secure Champions League football.
Since then the 36-year-old has been in search of a new club, with rumours linking the France international with a host of Premier League clubs in need of experienced defensive cover.
However an extended period out of the game and the opportunity to experience the excitement of a new culture in Australia have proven too great for the title-winning centre back, who is now closing in on a move to Perth Glory.
Under the proposed terms of the agreement, the Frenchman will be the club’s international marquee signing, joining the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey in plying his trade down under.
And despite Gallas being in the twilight of his career, the 2006 World Cup finalist is determined to make an impact on the A-League.
"I hope to help my new team mates and club achieve success in this season and hope to help deliver to the fans of Perth the championship they are looking for. I look forward to this new challenge and hope to excite the fans,” he told reporters.
The French star reportedly had contract offers from the US and the Middle East but opted to sign with the club after speaking to representatives Alistair Edwards and Jason Brewer.
Gallas’ agenet Pierre Frelot added: "This is a credit to the A-league on how far it's come since its inaugural season and the profile of a club such as Perth Glory and the people behind the scenes that make this a great club.”
The controversial and often outspoken player is now expected to complete a medical ahead of his move.
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