Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to hijack North London rival Arsene Wenger’s bid for Bolton defender Gary Cahill. Wenger has dilly-dallied for some time over purchasing the centre-back and it seems now Redknapp will steal a march with a £17m offer.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is resigned to losing Cahill. The former Villa defender rates himself as good enough to play for the big boys in the Premiership and has made his desire to try his hand at one of them public on several occasions.
A move to White Hart Lane would pose a real challenge for Cahill as Tottenham’s squad currently boasts arguably the strongest set of centre-backs in the league, with promising defenders Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Bassong fourth and fifth choice behind William Gallas, Michael Dawson and club captain Ledley King.
One idea being mooted is that Bassong could be offered to Bolton to fill the gap Cahill’s departure would leave. If so, this could knock around £5m off the transfer fee, and would leave Bolton less in the lurch were they not able to secure another replacement.
Other Tottenham players touted as possible makeweights in the deal are Robbie Keane, David Bentley and Danny Rose. Keane’s Tottenham career is clearly at an end and Redknapp would be more than willing to offload him, however, Bentley and Rose would most likely move on season long loan deals.
Redknapp has always had faith in English talent and the purchase of Cahill would add to the English spine of Dawson, King, Huddlestone, Lennon, Crouch and Defoe.
Along with Phil Jones, Jordan Henderson and Ashley Young, Cahill is one of the most sought after English youngsters in this transfer window, and with Manchester United and Liverpool having moved early to secure those deals, it seems Redknapp will not play the risky waiting game à-la-Wenger.
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