Arsenal 'expected to complete' £17m Spurs target move - reports

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Arsenal are reportedly on the verge of securing defender Gary Cahill's signature.

The England international has been linked with a handful of Barclays Premier League clus in recent weeks, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City both vying for the Bolton Wanderers player's signature.

However, the Evening Standard reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is on the verge of securing the player's signature, with both Cahill and Lille striker Gervinho set to pen deals at the Emirates this week.

It's claimed that talks are in advanced stages between both parties in relation to the Cahill transfer, with Arsenal set to activate the player's £17 million release clause or offer a player-plus-cash deal.

A defender is thought to be high on the Gunners' agenda this summer, with Wenger keen to add reinforcements in the position following last season's injury debacle at Arsenal.

The French manager revealed in May that he would be looking to spend in the transfer winddow, providing the 'right' player becomes available to Arsenal, and Cahill appears to fit the bill for the north Londoners.


Local rivals Spurs were also keen on adding the player, with Harry Redknapp keen to strengthen in the defensive area of the pitch as well.

Tottenham Hotspur released Jonathan Woodgate from his contract at White Hart Lane, but injury concerns over captain Ledley King continue to blight the club in defence.

Redknapp is keen to bring in English players as Spurs chase a return to the Champions League, but the club may now have to give up on the player.

An Arsenal source confirmed to Standard Sport that the Emirates outfit are confident of securing the signature.

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