Transfer talk

Cahill to play on for Bolton

January 3, 2012

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill is "absolutely'' a part of his plans for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Everton as things stand.

Bolton defender Gary Cahill: Done deal
PA PhotosBolton defender Gary Cahill: Done deal

• Cahill terms yet to be agreed

Coyle confirmed last Friday that a fee - believed to be in the region of £7 million - had been agreed with Chelsea for Cahill and talks have been ongoing with a view to completing the 26-year-old's proposed move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said later the same day that the parties were "miles apart regarding agreement with the player'', and on Saturday, after naming Cahill as his skipper for the 1-1 draw with Wolves, Coyle stressed that there had only been one meeting between the London club and the England international's representatives.

When quizzed on the matter on Tuesday, Coyle said that was still the case as far as he knew, and having praised Cahill's performance against Wolves, indicated that until anything changed, the player would continue to be considered for selection as normal.

He said: "The games have come thick and fast and I would imagine that has restricted people in terms of getting around a table and having dialogue with regard to Gary's representatives and Chelsea - they played again yesterday.

"So where we are is as I have said before - we agreed a fee between the clubs and it is now up to Chelsea and Gary's representatives to conclude that, or not.

"I think there has only been one meeting on that. The other day Gary prepared and then played at a very high level and will continue to do that - he is an outstanding young man. Whatever comes, we will deal with the situation when it arises.''

Coyle has been keen to emphasise that it is nothing new to Cahill to be the subject of transfer speculation.

"Gary is a Bolton player until that changes, so it is one of those ones - what do you do?'' Coyle said. "You could not play him for a month, and then nothing might happen.

"The bottom line is that Gary always has coped with endless speculation, certainly in every transfer window since I've been here, and he is so focused on his football.

"He has that mental strength and that is why clubs of the stature of Chelsea admire him and want him as one of their players.

"We will certainly have a chat, as we always do with our players, and prepare for a tough game for Everton. Gary is part of our squad until such time as that changes.''