Gunners switch desperate defender sights to £20m Chelsea target

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Arsenal have once again set their sights on Gary Cahill after defender injuries at the Emirates, claim reports.

The England international centre back first emerged as a target in north London this summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thought to be keen on the player.

Chelsea have also been linked with the player recently, forcing Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle to put a price tag in the region of £20 million on the player's head.

However, the need for a defender signing appears great at Arsenal following a weekend injury picked up by Sebastien Squillaci. He joins Thomas Vermaelen on the sidelines, leaving Wenger with few options at the centre back position.

"If Squillaci has a problem then we must quickly go out for a player," said the Gunners chief earlier today.

Notoriously frugal, the Arsenal boss is unlikely to pay the asking price and will hope to land the player for a fee lower than the valuation.

Per Mertesacker, Phil Jagielka and Chris Samba have also been linked with moves to north London in recent weeks, but the Metro now claims that Cahill is the main transfer target for Arsenal this month.

"If we only have two centre-backs then that cannot work with the number of centre-backs we have," the Arsenal boss continued in his earlier press conference.

A defender move now seems likely given the current situation at the Emirates, and Arsenal will make their move soon with only three weeks remaining in January.

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