Tottenham and Manchester City have entered the race for Gary Cahill, the Daily Mail claims, after both sides sent scouts to watch the £22m rated defender play against QPR on the weekend.
Bolton won the match 4-0, and Cahill impressed on many levels, leaving numerous English clubs hopeful of signing the star before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal have long maintained an interest in Cahill, and Arsene Wenger has long been open to the possibility of signing a centre-back.
But while Arsenal are stalling on making a bid for the 25-year-old, City and Tottenham are both now in the mix to secure Cahill, and after watching the star on Saturday, the scouts from both London clubs are reportedly in no doubt that Cahill could be a top class player for either Spurs or City.
Arsenal can’t be counted out of the mix yet though for Cahill, with Wenger admitting yesterday that if the right player becomes available, Arsenal will spend big money if necessary to get the players on board.
"We are not scared to spend money if we find the right player. Just spending the money is not the target we want, we want to find the right players and if we find the right ones it can be for £2m or £20m, we will do it," the Arsenal manager said.
"We have scouts all over the world and we are looking everywhere and if we find we will do it."
But should Tottenham or City make a bid for Cahill, Arsenal may be forced to make a decision over how much they are willing to spend on the England international.