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Gary Cahill to spark bidding war between Chelsea and Spurs in January
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is planning to challenge Spurs for the signature of Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill when the January transfer window opens.
England centre-back Cahill was close to joining Tottenham on deadline day, but the deal fell through because a fee could not be agreed.
Bolton wanted £17million for the 25-year-old – a figure that had deterred Arsenal and Liverpool earlier in the summer.
However, Cahill is now in the final year of his contract and Wanderers will look to offload him for around £8million in January, unless he signs a new deal.
Spurs are planning to renew their interest, but will face competition from Chelsea, reports the People.
Villas-Boas apparently wants to pair Cahill with his international team-mate John Terry at the heart of the Blues defence and will ask owner Roman Abramovich for the funds to sign him.
Whilst could debate whether Chelsea need another central defender given that David Luiz was presumably brought in to play alongside John Terry and when fully fit the Brazilian would almost certainly fill that role, perhaps a move for Gary Cahill would be an ideal one for the Blues boss to consider.
Terry and Cahill played alongside each other for England on Friday in Bulgaria and will probably do so again tomorrow against Wales and they look like a pretty cohesive unit. Maybe Andre Villas-Boas sees the Bolton man as a possible long term replacement for the 31 year old Chelsea captain?
Arsenal were of course chasing the former Aston Villa man but were reportedly upset with the manner in which chairman Phil Gartside decided to conduct business so opted instead to sign German international stalwart Per Mertesacker.
Harry Redknapp is keen to boost his defensive options as it is clear that Ledley King has his fair share of injury problems and the pairing of Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul at centre back has clearly not worked, the pair shipping in eight goals in two Premier League games thus far.
Chelsea also have Alex and Branislav Ivanovic as possible effective central defensive options but are still keen on Cahill.