Cahill still in Bolton contention

Coyle confirmed last Friday that a fee – believed to be in the

region of £7million – had been agreed with Chelsea for Cahill,

and talks have been ongoing ever since. However, it is unclear how

much progress has been made on that front. Chelsea boss Andre

Villas-Boas said later the same day that the parties were “miles

apart regarding agreement with the player”, and on Saturday, after

naming Cahill as his skipper for the 1-1 draw with Wolves, Coyle

stressed that there had only been one meeting between the London

club and the 26-year-old’s representatives. When quizzed on the

matter on Tuesday, Coyle said that was still the case as far as he

knew, and having praised Cahill’s performance against Wolves,

indicated that until anything changed, the player would continue to

be considered for selection as normal. Asked whether Cahill was in

his plans for the match at Goodison Park, Coyle said: “Absolutely.”

He added: “The games have come thick and fast and I would imagine

that has restricted people in terms of getting around a table and

having dialogue with regard to Gary’s representatives and Chelsea –

they played again yesterday. “So where we are is as I have said

before – we agreed a fee between the clubs and it is now up to

Chelsea and Gary’s representatives to conclude that, or not. “I

think there has only been one meeting on that. The other day Gary

prepared and then played at a very high level and will continue to

do that – he is an outstanding young man. Whatever comes, we will

deal with the situation when it arises.” Coyle has been keen to

emphasise that it is nothing new to Cahill to be the subject of

transfer speculation. “Gary is a Bolton player until that changes,

so it is one of those ones – what do you do?” Coyle said. “You

could not play him for a month, and then nothing might happen. “The

bottom line is that Gary always has coped with endless speculation,

certainly in every transfer window since I’ve been here, and he is

so focused on his football. “He has that mental strength and that

is why clubs of the stature of Chelsea admire him and want him as

one of their players. “We will certainly have a chat, as we always

do with our players, and prepare for a tough game for Everton. Gary

is part of our squad until such time as that changes.” Coyle also

says he is working hard to add “one or two” new faces to the squad

this month. He told Bolton’s official website: “Gael (Kakuta)

returned on January 1, as per the agreement that we had with

Chelsea. “We are getting one or two players back, but there is no

doubt that we need new faces to help the squad we have got. “We are

not blessed like a lot of teams where we can go and spend

£20million or £30million on a player, but we have dealt

with different scenarios and that is what we will continue to do.

“We are trying our utmost to bring one or two players in, and that

will continue to be the case. “We have one domestic loan option

available – we have chased one or two and will see if anything

comes to fruition.”