Bolton Open Talks Over Cahill Sale

  • December 23, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have opened talks with Chelsea regarding the possible January departure of Gary Cahill.

Cahill's contract at the Reebok Stadium expires at the end of the season and the 26-year-old has been widely tipped to move on after reportedly attracting the interest of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea, who appear to have stolen a march on their rivals.

Speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United, Wanderers boss Owen Coyle admitted the club have opened talks with Chelsea over the sale of their most prized asset.

"Regarding Gary Cahill, there has been dialogue between ourselves and Chelsea," Coyle said.

"It's fair to say there's interest in Gary, and there will be. I've said from day one I believe Gary Cahill can play for anybody, I think he has those qualities.

"There is serious interest in Gary, but I've got to say we have two huge games before 1st January, before anything could happen.

"More than his ability, he's an outstanding man, and because of the lad he is, his focus will be doing the best for his team-mates, who he's stood shoulder to shoulder with for years here, and trying to help them get points in these two games. Then whatever January brings, so be it.

"There's nothing signed and sealed at the moment but it's fair to say there has been dialogue. I've got to be up front and tell you, as I always do, and that's the situation."

Cahill joined Bolton from Aston Villa in January 2008 for a fee of around £5million. Initial reports suggest the former Burnley defender could move to Stamford Bridge for anywhere between £5-7million, with Blues midfielder Josh McEachran moving the other way on loan.

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