Rumour Mill: January 12 - Review

  • January 12, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Another day has gone and there is still no major news at Bolton in the January transfer window.

Talk of Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea is still the major talking point, although a deal has yet to be agreed between the player and the Blues.

The big news on Thursday came from Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, who confirmed the 26-year-old would be in contention for Saturday's game at Manchester United should an agreement not be reached beforehand.

Cahill was thought to have played his last game for the Trotters at Everton just over a week ago, but with talks continuing to drag out, only time will tell.

A big development from Chelsea's side is that they have accepted a bid from an unknown club, thought to be Queens Park Rangers, for central defender Alex.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas may be looking to offload the defender before clinching a deal for Cahill and with news filtering through of Alex's likely departure from Stamford Bridge, it is understood Chelsea are likely to speed up the process of bringing Cahill in as his replacement.

In other transfer news on Day 12 of the window, Bolton boss Owen Coyle has moved to deny speculation over two potential deals.

First, Coyle has denied reports suggesting New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream was at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday for a medical.

Bolton are thought to have had a bid in the region of £2.5million for the USA international accepted by the Red Bulls. Coyle admits he is an admirer of the 24-year-old, but says people will have to wait and see if a deal comes to fruition.

"He (Ream) is an outstanding young player," Coyle said. "A US international, 24, and no doubt destined for a very bright future.

"Whether anything transpires with Bolton time will tell."

Ream's arrival at the Reebok Stadium is likely to depend on the future of Cahill. It would come as no surprise to see both deals draw to a close in a very short space of time.

Finally, Coyle has denied rumours linking club captain Kevin Davies with a move to West Ham United.

Davies was brought to Bolton in 2003 by former manager Sam Allardyce, who is now in charge at the Boleyn Ground.

The Wanderers captain has started just one of the club's last five games after enduring a disappointing start to the season.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Coyle admits Davies remains an integral part of his future plans for the club and insists there is nothing in reports linking him with a reunion with Allardyce.

"Kevin Davies is my captain and a big part of our plans, as he always has been," Coyle said.

"There is nothing factual in the West Ham link. I have had no dialogue with Sam."

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