William Gallas is thought to be on the verge of completing a sensational move from Arsenal to Tottenham this weekend.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp last week confirmed his interest in signing the 33-year-old France defender, who is a free agent after he failed to agree a new contract with the Gunners.
And it is understood there is now a very real prospect of him crossing the north London divide in the coming days.
The former Chelsea centre-back's wage demands - reportedly £80,000 per week - were thought to have been behind his departure from the Emirates Stadium.
But they have not put off Redknapp, who said last week: "His wages aren't a problem. He has not been greedy at all.
"His people have rung up and we spoke about it."
Redknapp also shrugged off any controversy there could be from Gallas moving directly from Arsenal to Spurs,
The Spurs boss added: "He's been an Arsenal player but he was at Chelsea before that and playing abroad before he arrived there.
"It's not like we would be signing Tony Adams. He's a good player and he would be a very useful addition to our squad."
With Jonathan Woodgate still out with a long-term groin injury and captain Ledley King plagued by knee problems that have the potential to limit his playing time, Redknapp has been keen to bolster his defensive resources.
Should Gallas complete a move, he would be Spurs' second summer signing, following that of Sandro.
The Brazilian midfielder's arrival in the UK is imminent after he helped Internacional win the Copa Libertadores.