Arsenal have reportedly had a £6 million offer for defender Gary Cahill rejected by Bolton Wanderers.
The Daily Mirror claims Arsene Wenger has tabled the offer, plus additional add-ons, for the England international, but has been flatly rejected by the Trotters who dismissed the bid 'out of hand'.
Owen Coyle has made no secret of the fact that Cahill could leave the Reebok Stadium this summer, if a club meets their valuation of the player, believed to be around £17 million.
Arsenal have continuously been linked with the centre back, and appear to have highlighted the 25-year-old as their top target in the position after turning attentions away from Phil Jagielka, Chris Samba and Per Mertesacker.
The Gunners are able to offer the player the lure of Champions League football after securing qualification in Udinese on Wednesday night, but Wenger will have to strike a deal with the Lancashire side before talking to the player over a possible Emirates switch.
Arsenal were found short in the position last season after injuries ripped through their defence at a critical period, although the return of Thomas Vermaelen this season is a major boost for the North Londoners.
Despite claims in the paper report that insiders at Bolton claim Arsenal are 'taking the mickey', there's a possibility the Gunners could return with an improved offer for the player, and whilst a midfielder is known to be Wenger's priority, the Frenchman has money to spend on strengthening in other areas after the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.