Spurs 'determined' to sign £20m Liverpool & Arsenal target

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Tottenham will reportedly contest Liverpool and Arsenal in their respective summer pursuits of Gary Cahill.

The Bolton defender is seemingly set to leave the Reebok Stadium at the end of the season as speculation intensifies that he is a target for a number of the Barclays Premier League's leading lights.

It was initially reported by the Daily Mail that Liverpool and Arsenal were both likely to bid for the 25-year-old and now, according to the Telegraph, Tottenham are 'determined' to bring Cahill to White Hart Lane.

The poor injury records of Spurs centre-backs Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King has led Harry Redknapp to identify the acquisition of a quality defender as a summer priority, and it appears he has earmarked Cahill as a potential signing.

A move for Rio Ferdinand, however, it out of the question for after Redknapp revealed last week that he had failed in his attempts to sign the Manchester United stalwart last season.

"I can't ever see us getting Rio now. I was interested. Last year, I tried. I tried at the start of the season," the Spurs boss told the Observer.

Meanwhile, Tottenham are seemingly likely to have to fight tooth and nail with Liverpool and Arsenal if they do formalise their interest in Cahill, although it has previously been reported that it will take £20 million to secure his services.


This inflated value is unlikely to be a barrier for Liverpool or Spurs, with both clubs expected to have vast transfer reserves in the closed season.

Arsenal, however, are notoriously frugal in the transfer market and aren't expected to meet Bolton's valuation, especially as Arsene Wenger refuses to budge from the £13 million offered for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

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