By Harvey Byrne
Retired centre-back William Gallas has told that he believed his agent held talks with West Ham after he left Tottenham in 2013.
The now 39-year-old was once considered to be among the best centre-backs in the Premier League and he starred for each of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the English top-flight during his playing days.
At the Blues he marshalled Chelsea to two Premier League titles and a League Cup victory and he could have added another London club to his CV with the Frenchman telling that the Hammers may have once been looking at bringing him in.
Gallas has told in an interview with FourFourTwo, as quoted by the magazine’s website that he’s not 100 per cent on whether his agent talked with West Ham, but he thinks he did and that he also held a meeting with south east London side Crystal Palace.
“I think my agent actually did talk with [West Ham], but I am not 100 per cent sure,” told Gallas, as quoted by the FourFourTwo website.
“What I clearly recall, though, is that I had a meeting with Crystal Palace in the summer of 2013. Ian Holloway was manager at the time and we met at the training ground to discuss a deal, but it didn’t come off in the end.
“I had a meeting with Crystal Palace in the summer of 2013. Ian Holloway was the manager at the time and we met at the training ground to discuss a deal, but it didn’t come off in the end
“During the same summer I tried to go back to Marseille, to offer them my experience, but they didn’t offer me a deal despite me saying that I would halve my salary. I also spoke to Claudio Ranieri, who was the manager of Monaco. He seemed happy to sign me but later explained that the board had ruled it out. In the end I signed for Perth Glory.”
During the summer of 2013 West Ham were looking to build on a 10th placed finish under Sam Allardyce in the Premier League.
They didn’t however bring in a new centre-back with the only defender to join being Romanian left-back Razvan Rat.
The Hammers also boasted Winston Reid, James Tomkins, George McCartney, Joey O’brien and James Collins in their centre-back ranks three years a go, so Gallas would have been in a battle with those names had he signed if his agent hold talks with the east Londoners.
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