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Gary Cahill: Chelsea bid accepted
CHELSEA'S GARY CAHILL BID ACCEPTED
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 tomorrow 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."
If Cahill, who joined Bolton in 2008 from Aston Villa, is to leave Wanderers in the next few days, Coyle will view it as a blessing that the move is occurring early in the January transfer window, giving him a chance to reinvest the money in new players.
The Trotters are currently 19th in the table and with Cahill departing, it would seem imperative that the squad - which has been blighted by injuries - is strengthened over the coming weeks if they are to avoid relegation.
Bolton have been linked with New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, who recently spent some time training with them, although Coyle will not be drawn at this point on the specific identity of any targets.
"There are a number of players out there who are of varying degrees of interest to us, and that is where we are," Coyle said.
"There are some good players and I think it is fair to say that we do want to add one or two to the group, but it would be remiss of me to start mentioning individual names.
"Those are players who belong to other teams and I have always tried to be very respectful of that."
Gary Cahill Factfile
1985: Born December 19 in Sheffield.
2004: November - After coming through the ranks at Aston Villa he joins Burnley on loan, making 27 league appearances for the Clarets.
2006: April 1 - Makes his Premier League debut for Villa as a substitute in a 5-0 defeat at Arsenal.
April 9 - Handed his first start against West Brom.
2007: March - Makes his debut for the England Under-21 team in a 3-3 draw against Italy in the first official game at the new Wembley.
September: Joins Sheffield United on a three-month loan.
December: Returns to Villa having scored two goals in 16 league games for the Blades.
2008: January - Joins Bolton on a three-and-a-half-year contract, making his debut in a 2-0 win over Reading.
2009: June 2 - Called into Fabio Capello's England squad for World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra as a late replacement for the injured Rio Ferdinand.
August 10: Signs a new three-year deal at Bolton.
2010: February 6 - Has to pull out of Premier League game against Fulham due to a blood clot in his arm meaning he could not play for months.
September 3: Earns first senior England cap as a second-half substitute against Bulgaria in a 4-0 win at Wembley.
2011: March 29 - Made his first start for England in a friendly against Ghana which ended 1-1.
August - Remains at Bolton despite strong speculation linking him with Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
December 3 - Sent off at Tottenham for what is judged to be a professional foul, but the red card is later rescinded.
December 30 - Bolton manager Owen Coyle confirms a fee has been agreed for Cahill with Chelsea, and the London club are now free to discuss personal terms with the player's representatives.