This week looks set to be a busy one for Arsenal.
While Samir Nasri looks increasingly likely by the day to join big-spending Manchester City, Arsene Wenger will at least bring in the long-awaited central defender signing to the Emirates Stadium.
It is thought that the Gunners are close to agreeing a fee with Bolton Wanderers for Gary Cahill – thought to be around the £17m mark – based on the recent injury suffered by Thomas Vermaelen.
The Daily Mail reports Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley as being at the Reebok Stadium to watch Cahill in action, and Bolton manager Owen Coyle knows he might not keep hold of him for long.
“I believe Gary is good enough to play for anybody,” said Coyle – who also admitted there had been “notes of interest” in his man.
“But if somebody doesn’t come and back that up with any financial bid then he has to focus on what he is doing which is playing for a fantastic club.
“It certainly can’t be ideal for him with all this speculation.
“I don’t know if he reads the papers but he’ll be hearing from family and friends every day that he’s been linked with someone else.
“I’ve told Gary from the outset that if something happens then he’ll hear from me first and foremost.
“But there has been nothing concrete. No bids or anything like that, certainly no dialogue.”