Bolton and Blues in Cahill talks

Cahill is out of contract at the end of the season and, with the
player seemingly intent on leaving, the Trotters are looking to
cash in on one of their most prized players when the transfer
window opens next month. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas made his
interest in the 26-year-old public earlier this week and Bolton
have now revealed that negotiations have begun. “Regarding Gary
Cahill, there has been dialogue between ourselves and Chelsea. He
is a top player and is fully focused on Bolton,” a brief statement
on their Twitter page read. Owen Coyle had earlier confirmed that
talks with another Premier League club had begun in his press
conference. While Coyle said there was not yet any concrete deal,
he admitted Cahill’s departure could pave the way for the addition
of two or three new names as he looks to drag his side out of the
relegation zone. “There’s nothing signed and sealed at the moment
but it’s fair to say there has been dialogue here and there,” Coyle
said. “I think it’s fair to say there’s interest in Gary and there
will be and that doesn’t surprise me. “I know that Andre is an
admirer of Gary because he’s a terrific player so if there’s
business to be done it will be done in the right manner for the
football club and for Gary. “I’ve got to be upfront and tell you as
I always do but that’s the situation, and Gary knows as well that
there are two huge games before January 1st before anything could
happen. “I’ve said from day one, Gary Cahill could play for
anybody. “I think he has those qualities.” Despite the interest in
Cahill – Tottenham are also reportedly still keen on the player –
Coyle is confident the former Aston Villa defender will remain
committed to his side’s cause until any deal is brokered. “What
January will bring it will bring, but I think it’s fair to say
there is serious interest in Gary,” he added. “But – and it’s a big
but -we have two huge games before January 1, and because of the
lad Gary is, his focus will be doing to best for his team-mates who
he has stood shoulder to shoulder with for years at Bolton
Wanderers and trying to help them and the get points in these two
games. “Whatever January brings, so be it.” Cahill joined Bolton in
a £5million move from Villa in January 2008 and earned his
place in the England squad this season. Villas-Boas spoke of his
interest in the defender earlier this week as a potential solution
to the issue raised when Alex handed in a transfer request. Chelsea
have also found themselves short-handed at centre-half following
injuries to David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic, who limped out of
last night’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham with a hamstring complaint.
“We are aware of Gary’s contractual situation. He’s an interesting
player for the club,” Villas-Boas said. “We haven’t decided what we
are going to do with the Alex situation. We have to make the wisest
decision, be it Alex, be it Cahill.” Looking to the rest of his
squad, Coyle expects to bring in a few new faces to provide a boost
to the club for the remainder of the season. He said: “We know as a
football club given the injuries and suspensions we’ve had that we
certainly need two or three [new players] to freshen us up and give
us a new impetus for the second half of the season, so there’s
business to be done. “Come January 1 we’ll see what happens but I
think it’s fair to say it will be an interesting month.”