Megson Stands Firm On Cahill Talk

  • October 01, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Gary Megson believes Bolton will be able to keep hold of star defender Gary Cahill, despite anticipating big money offers in January.

The 23-year-old signed a new three-year contract in the summer, removing a well documented £8million release clause in the process.

Now that the clause has been removed, Megson believes the club could receive offers in the January transfer window, but is willing to reject any approaches in order to keep hold of his best defender.

"Anything now would involve three parties - Gary, the club that wants him, and most of all this club," Megson said.

"Although there are two windows, the one in January is a market only for people with lots and lots of money because you have to pay way over the odds.

"Obviously you can make a few quid if you've got one of those players other clubs are prepared to pay over the odds for. But I'm sure we won't be doing that.

"Football-wise I would never sell him, but it's not all just about football.

"I don't make the decision on finance, but we now don't have to sell him for financial reasons, and we won't do."

Cahill has been a huge success during his time at Bolton, scoring five goals in 59 appearances since his £5million move from Aston Villa in January 2008.

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