The A-League power house has been linked with a string of high profile signings including, most recently, former France international William Gallas.

But the club is refusing to be spooked into a quick deal, making the strategic decision to wait until the dust has settled on transfer activity in Europe. understands the club is taking the calculated risk of getting a better deal by biding its time.

Ange Postecoglou has confirmed he is in talks with 36-year-old centre back, Gallas, who is also being targeted by English Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Postecoglou told Fox Sports: "I think with players like William Gallas you can never say whether you are close or not.

"Would we be interested? Yes, of course.  We’ve got a marquee spot to fill before the season and it’s got to be the right fit for us."

Last season’s marquee and former Adelaide United favourite, Marcos Flores, underwhelmed at Victory in 2012-13 and has been snapped up by Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming campaign.

Earlier reports suggested the club was back in the market for an attacking midfielder but Postecoglou’s comments suggest he is casting a wider net,

"We’ve got a really young group and part of what I’m looking for in a marquee player is some real experience and some leadership as well,” he said

"I’m really happy with our front half of our team and the marquee player will be a midfielder or a central defender."

Victory were previously linked with Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis who decided to stay in the English Premier League with Fulham, and controversial Italian forward Fabrizio Miccoli who opted for his hometown club Leece.

Gallas, who has played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham has also been testing the waters in the Middle East or the MLS.

A report in the UK Mirror said newly promoted Palace had opened talks with the veteran defender after failing to secure Joey Barton who opted to stay with Queens Park Rangers following his return from Marseille.

The transfer window closes on September 2 leaving the club with plenty of time to bed in a new marquee ahead of the new season.

The close of the window will also bring an end to the speculation surrounding Mark Milligan who has been strongly linked with Crystal Palace.