Spurs in Gunners battle over England international - reports

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Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill, according to reports.

The Metro claims Spurs are keen to add the England international to their defensive ranks in the closing stages of the transfer window, with Harry Redknapp considering a bid in the region of £10 million for the player.

Arsenal bid for the player at the end of last week, although their reported £6 million bid was flatly rejected by the Trotters and met with an angry response by chairman Phil Gartside.

Arsene Wenger denied the much-publicised figure on Friday, but Arsenal are still thought to be keen on the player and keen to strengthen in the position ahead of Wednesday night's 11pm deadline.

It's also claimed today that the Gunners are set to sign Per Mertesacker, while Turkish reports claim Andre Santos is on the verge of completing a €7 million move to the Emirates as Arsenal look to strengthen in the problematic position.

Injuries continue to be a point of concern at White Hart Lane, with skipper Ledley King set for another absence after missing large parts of last season.


Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul are currently occupying the centre back slots at Tottenham Hotspur, although Redknapp is thought to want cover in the position following Jonathan Woodgate's departure to Stoke City.

Both Spurs and Arsenal will have to work quickly after their humiliating defeats to Manchester clubs over the weekend, with less than 48 hours remaining for all business to be completed.

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