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England defender move 'will happen' as Arsenal and Spurs prowl

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is consigned to losing Gary Cahill this summer, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa all linked with the defender.

The 25-year-old made his third England cap on Tuesday, playing the full 90 minutes in the draw with Ghana at Wembley.

And Coyle believes, now an international, it's just a matter of time until Cahill makes his long awaited move to either Arsenal, Spurs or Villa.

"I believe it will happen sooner rather than later because of Gary's quality," said Coyle.

"When it comes, all good and well, because he will have got his move on the back of his performances for Bolton.

 

"I have no complaints if there are admirers. But Gary deals with it well as he has with other things - like his injury last year. He has had knocks and come through it.

"It shows he has unbelievable mental strength and that will carry him on in his career."

The Gunners have seen defensive problems undermine their challenge for their first trophy in six years, with the issues in the back-four coming to ahead particularly during this year's Carling Cup final.

Tottenham's injury stricken defence leave them with just two recognised centre-backs for the end of season run-in, and Harry Redknapp is desperate to recruit a defender for next season who can survive a robust Premier League season.

Cahill had been linked strongly with both Arsenal and Spurs before Coyle's revelations, and even Villa, who sold Cahill to Bolton, are interested in the £20 million rated defender.

However any move the Villans might make for Cahill will be dependent on them staying in the Premier League.

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