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Thursday, January 31, 2008
Cahill snubs Brum to join Bolton from Villa

Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed his disappointment at failing to sign Aston Villa defender Gary Cahill who has instead opted to move to Bolton.

Blues matched Bolton's offer of around 5million for Cahill and were hoping he would follow fellow defender Liam Ridgewell across the city to St Andrews.

But Cahill has instead decided to switch to the Reebok Stadium on a three-and-a- half-year contract to leave City manager Alex McLeish trying to sign another centre-back on the final day of the transfer window.

Sullivan said: 'The club is extremely disappointed as a lot of hard work and effort was put in to make a further addition to our squad.

'This is a player we chased very hard, but in the end despite matching the best offer that Villa received and then making him the best personal financial offer, Gary decided that saw his future playing career away from the midlands.'

McLeish has been linked with a move to sign Tottenham's Anthony Gardner and is expected today to complete the short-term signing of Georgian midfielder Levan Tskitishvili who has been released by Greek side Panionios.

But speculation that he is prepared to loan Gary McSheffrey back to his former club Coventry appears to be wide of the mark.

McSheffrey, who moved from the Ricoh Arena in the summer of 2006, has lost his place for the past three games after failing to score in open play for 11 months.

Meanwhile, Blues joint top scorer Olivier Kapo will have to serve a one-match ban after incurring five bookings during the current campaign.

The former Juventus player, on target five times this season, will be suspended for the visit to West Ham on February 9.




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