Arsenal Speculation Is Affecting Bolton’s Gary Cahill

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Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies admits the specualtion surrounding defender Gary Cahill is affecting his performances.

The 25-year-old centre-back was the target of £6million plus add ons bid from Arsenal last week, which was turned down.

Manager Owen Coyle hinted that the offer for the England international may have contributed to Cahill’s poor performance in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.

The deal now looks to be dead in the water, following Bolton’s outrage at Arsenal low bid, with the Gunners turning their attention to Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.

Davies believes it is natural for the speculation to affect his team-mate but he says Cahill is coping well with the continued debate over his future.

“What goes on behind the scenes is important and I think all the speculation must have been difficult for him,” he told the Bolton News.

“He’s coped well, if you ask me. He’s a magnificent player and through all this he’s got on with his job for Bolton, and that’s all he’s been asked to do.

“We’ll see what happens over the next few days now.”

Should Cahill depart then Coyle will need to find a replacement swiftly with the transfer window closing at 11pm tomorrow.

In addition, the Bolton boss is still chasing Liverpool striker David Ngog but appears to have lost out on Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to QPR.

But Davies is confident Coyle will get the necessary business done and bring in the right players.

“We’ve got faith in the manager, chairman and owner,” Davies added. “It’s not the biggest squad in the world but we are happy with what we’ve got.

“There are one or two injuries, which never helps, but I think as a player you’ve got to try and get on with your own job.

“I think the manager has already shown he’s got an eye for a player.”

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