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.”