Cahill Closing On Chelsea Move

  • January 06, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle has confirmed Gary Cahill will not feature in the FA Cup tie at Macclesfield Town on Saturday as he is close to completing a move to Chelsea.

Wanderers accepted an offer from Andre Villas-Boas' side last week and Cahill was granted permission to speak to the club over a move to Stamford Bridge.

Talks initially appeared to be stalling and Cahill played the full 90 minutes in Bolton's 2-1 win at Everton on Wednesday night, where he also netted the winning goal.

However, Coyle has indicated that a deal may be close to completion and it looks increasingly likely that the England international has played his last game for the club.

"Gary Cahill will be one of those to miss out on the game (Macclesfield), and it's nothing to do with the continuing speculation regarding Chelsea," Coyle said.

"He's one of a number of players that probably needs to rest given the amount of games they've played.

"And moving on to that, my own opinion is I think there's a chance the deal can be concluded by the end of the weekend. That's where we're at but I'm not a party to any continued dialogue between Chelsea and Gary's representative.

"They were respectful of the other night, the fact we had a big game against Everton and that kept Gary focused and he showed his quality by doing that in the game."

With reports surfacing earlier this week over Cahill's wage demands at Stamford Bridge, speculation mounted that Manchester United may be about to enter the race to sign the 26-year-old.

Coyle insists he has not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson's side over any deal, with Stamford Bridge looking like being Cahill's transfer destination.

"When there's continued conjecture and everything that goes with it people are always going to throw up names. There hasn't been any dialogue between ourselves and Manchester United or anything like that.

"We as a football club agreed a deal with Chelsea Football Club and for me that's binding. The only way that will fall down is if the relevant parties don't agree. But my own feeling is I'm pretty sure they can get to a place that they're all happy."

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