Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea agree fee for Cahill

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed the club have agreed a fee with Chelsea for Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.

It emerged last week that talks had begun between the two Barclays Premier League sides over the sale of the England international, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has for some time been linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium.

And it seems a deal is now imminent, with Coyle revealing that agreement over a fee - believed to be in the region of £7million - for the 26-year-old has been reached.

"There has been a fee agreed between the clubs and we have now given Gary's representatives permission to speak to Chelsea," said Coyle, speaking ahead of Bolton's New Year's Eve home clash with Wolves.

"That is where we are with it. We obviously have a game [on Saturday] and I have said to Gary that he has to be focused on giving everything for Bolton Wanderers, because he knows Bolton Wanderers has been terrific for him just as much as Gary has been for us. That is why they have representatives - to sort that out - and whatever January 1 brings, it will bring."

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas admitted the club's move for Cahill could collapse, with the parties "miles apart" over the player's personal terms.

"We're still miles apart regarding agreement with the player," he said, warning the Blues had alternative targets. "We'll continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor others."

Villas-Boas was confident, however, an agreement would eventually be reached and hailed the qualities Cahill would bring to Stamford Bridge, and said: "Gary has been this season involved in a fighting struggle with Bolton and a fight for position in the league.

"I think his technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well. There are weaknesses and they are also related to the collective weaknesses of Bolton.

"He's a player that at international level has been playing well. He can add to this squad or any squad in the Premier League."


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