Arsenal defender target Gary Cahill is reportedly a step closer to leaving Bolton.

The England international centre back has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger thought to be considering a move for the player.

Gunners chief Wenger confirmed his need for a defender in the opening days of the month, with an injury crisis currently engulfing the back line at Arsenal.

A string of defenders have been linked with a switch to the Emirates, with Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Richard Dunne all thought to be of interest to the north London club.


Arsenal have been tracking the player for some time now, and Trotters boss Owen Coyle has been forced to place a £25 million valuation on the player, who they signed from Aston Villa for £5 million back in 2008.

The signing of David Wheater, brought into the Reebok Stadium from Middlesbrough earlier today, is being taken as a sign by The Metro that Cahill has been given the 'go ahead' to make his move to the capital.

Arsenal will look to move quickly if they are to sign Cahill, who is described as 'the perfect addition' for their threadbare squad as they try to challenge for four trophies this season.

With only 11 days left in the transfer window, negotiations will need to begin soon if Arsenal are to drop the asking price and agree a deal for the 25-year-old.

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