Former Chelsea defender William Gallas has confirmed his agent held talks with West Ham and Crystal Palace, who could have added themselves to the list of London clubs Gallas played for.
The Frenchman spent most his career playing in London after spells with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Gallas was asked whether he considered signing for West Ham after playing for the other major London clubs: “I think my agent actually did talk with them (West Ham), but I’m not 100% sure. What I clearly recall is that I had a meeting with Crystal Palace in 2013. Ian Holloway was the Crystal Palace manager at the time, and we met at the training to discuss a deal, but it didn’t come off in the end.”
It seems Gallas turned down the opportunity to join Crystal Palace from Tottenham to pursue a new adventure in Australia with Perth City. At the time the defender was struggling to get games under Andre Villas-Boas, which naturally led to talk of an exit.
Gallas spent thirteen years in England after signing for Chelsea from Marseille in 2001. The Frenchman went on to play 159 Premier League games for the Stamford Bridge club before his controversial move to Arsenal in 2006.
In total, the 39 year old made over 300 Premier League appearances, and would have been able to add to that if the Crystal Palace move had come off.