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Megson confident of keeping Cahill

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Gary Megson is confident Bolton would be able to resist an "over-the-odds" bid for Gary Cahill should any of Europe's mega-rich clubs come calling in the January transfer window.

Manchester United are the latest to be linked with the centre back, joining Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus on an impressive list of names apparently keeping tabs on the 23-year-old.

"Obviously you can make a few quid if you've got one of those players other clubs are prepared to pay over the odds for," said Megson. "But I'm sure we won't be doing that."

Cahill's stock has soared of late, notably since being selected in the England squad, with manager Fabio Capello watching him again in Bolton's 2-1 win at Birmingham on Saturday.

With Cahill hot property, Megson confirmed earlier this week one possible exit was closed over the summer with the signing of a new three-year deal that removed an £8million escape clause.

Megson admits it "worried the life" out of him and it would have been "a disaster" for Bolton if Cahill had been allowed to leave for such a sum.

That was until chairman Phil Gartside resolved the matter, leaving the club in a position now where they can reject any offer.

"Anything now would involve three parties - Gary, the club that wants him, and most of all this club," remarked Megson.

"Although there are two (transfer) windows, the one in January is a market only for people with lots and lots of money because you have to pay way over the odds."

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