No bids for Cahill – Coyle

The 25-year-old has long been tipped to leave the Reebok Stadium

this summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a known admirer.

Manchester City were also heavily linked with the former Aston

Villa star, although Roberto Mancini’s interest does appear to have

cooled. Cahill returned to training on Monday morning, with his

future no nearer being clarified. And whilst Coyle would love the

England defender to stay, he is realistic enough to know what will

happen once a suitable offer is received. “If someone comes in with

the right deal for Gary and the club, he would go with our

blessing,” said the Trotters chief. “He wants to play Champions

League football and there has been unbelievable speculation

regarding him. “There have been elite clubs who have noted their

interest. It is up to them to take that forward. “They need to make

a concrete bid so the club can look at it, otherwise there is

nothing to talk about. That is the frustrating bit. “We don’t want

to lose him. Until such time as we have an offer to consider, we

must focus on Bolton.” Coyle insists the uncertainty surrounding

Cahill is not having a negative effect on his own transfer plans.

It is clearly obvious the defender’s departure would leave a

massive hole in a squad that looked set for a top-10 finish last

term until they suffered a dreadful hangover after the FA Cup

semi-final hammering by Stoke. However, Coyle’s plans do not

revolve around one man. “I don’t have two lists of targets; one if

Gary goes, the other if he stays. I have one, the players I believe

can take this club forward.” Coyle is not being drawn on any

attempt to bring Shaun Wright-Phillips or Robbie Keane to Bolton,

preferring instead to concentrate on the new recruit he had already

snared. A Darren Pratley fan from his Bolton days, Coyle monitored

the Swansea midfielder throughout last term, knowing his contract

was coming to an end. Once it expired, Bolton pounced. “Last

summer, I made it public that I wanted a new contract,” recalled

Pratley. “When I was on holiday, the chairman said he was in no

rush to give me a contract. I was very disappointed with that. “It

dragged on throughout the season and after the final, I looked at

what clubs were around and chose Bolton. “I could have stayed in my

comfort zone but I believe I am good enough to play in the Premier

League.” Following the departures of Johan Elmander and Daniel

Sturridge in the summer, Coyle makes no secret of the fact he needs

more forwards. He is dubious about the potential for bringing

Sturridge back north, believing new Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas

might prefer to assess the England Under-21 star’s talents himself.

Despite an impressive season with Porto, question marks hang over

Villas Boas’ ability to impose himself on an experienced Blues

squad, some of whom are the same age as the 33-year-old. Coyle

already has an insight into the Portuguese. And he does not believe

there will be a problem. “Villas Boas is a tremendous addition to

the Premier League,” said Coyle. “I know him well. I did my

pro-licence with him and really took to him. “He is a fantastic

manager, who has achieved such a lot at such a young age. “He has

so many attributes. He will be a great fit with Chelsea. “There is

no doubt he will be a huge success.”