Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has revealed that they have rejected a cut price bid from Arsenal for defender Gary Cahill. The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium this summer and particularly with Arsenal, whilst Liverpool and Manchester City have also been linked.
The England international has one remaining year left on his contract at Bolton and has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders since leaving Aston Villa in 2008. The Trotters manager Coyle confirmed at the start of the transfer window that they would listen to offers for Cahill, however only for the right price and sooner rather than later, but has stated on several occasions that no bids had been made before the Gunners’ this week. Wenger has offered Bolton a deal worth £7million for Cahill.
“There was a conversation between Phil Gartside and a representative of Arsenal,” said Coyle.
“I’m only passing this on as a third party, but the word “derisory” doesn’t even cover it.”
“When I make an offer for a player, I’d like to think in the right ball park, but this wasn’t even close.”
“I spoke to Gary Cahill about it before the Macclesfield game, and he knows everything that’s going on.”