Although there was intense speculation surrounding the departure of sought after Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill, Bolton manager Owen Coyle has said a deal for the Englishman was not even close due to low bids from all interested clubs.
Cahill was expected to join Arsenal before the transfer window closed as the gunner’s were clearly lacking in the defensive department, although after their failed bid Arsene turned to tall German Per Mertesacker instead. Tottenham were also reported to make a late bid for the England international as well.
Coyle understands Cahill’s desire to play Champion’s League football, although remained strong on not letting Cahill go on the cheap saying:
There has been much made of this figure and that figure, it’s fair to say I don’t think it was even considered anything that was offered because it was well below what we would have taken.
As far as I am told there weren’t any offers that reached double figures, so for me that is a million miles away from what Cahill was worth.
I totally understand Gary’s position on it that he wants to play at the very highest level and for an elite club. Of course, we are all the same, or we certainly should be as footballers if we want to aspire to play at the highest level.
While I admire the strong stance Bolton have on Cahill, there is no doubt that the Englishman will be leaving for a much cheaper fee come the January transfer window anyway. With only six months remaining on his contract come the January window, Bolton will be very lucky to get the £10m they desire for the strong defender.