Gunners close on £15m defender deal after 'secret meeting' - reports

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Arsenal have held 'secret talks' with Bolton Wanderers over a summer move for Gary Cahill, according to reports.

The England international centre back has been linked with a handful of Barclays Premier League clubs in recent months, with interest continuing to grow in the 25-year-old.

A Reebok Stadium exit seems likely for the former Aston Villa defender, and The Metro claims that Arsene Wenger has made significant moves to try and bring the player to the Emirates.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has held 'secret talks' with Trotters chief Phil Gartside, according to the paper, with the Gunners looking to negotiate a fee lower than the player's £17 million release clause.

£15 million is thought to be the price Arsenal are willing to pay for the player, who could bolster the north London club's ranks in a position that has caused the Gunners problems in recent seasons.


Wenger confirmed last month that he would be looking to spend money in the transfer window providing the 'right' players became available to Arsenal, with a partner for Thomas Vermaelen thought to be a priority.

It's also claimed in The Metro that Sebastian Larsson has been in touch with an Arsenal over a return to the club this summer, although his move would be free after release from Birmingham this summer.

"They have shown some interest and I should know more in the next few days," the 26-year-old told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

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