Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a 'fresh bid' for Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill in January.

The England international became embroiled in a transfer battle between his current club and the Gunners in the later stages of the transfer window, with Arsene Wenger forced to deny claims Arsenal tabled a £6 million bid for the player.

Despite clear friction between the two parties, The Daily Star claim Arsenal are ready to approach the Trotters again with a bid in January, when Cahill would only have six months left on his contract.

Competition will be fierce for the signature, with Tottenham Hotspur known to be keen on the player and Chelsea also linked with a bid in the New Year.

After failing to land Cahill, Arsenal did strengthen their defence with the arrival of German international Per Mertesacker and Brazilian full-back Andre Santos.


However, a further injury setback to Thomas Vermaelen has once again highlighted the fragility of defence at the Emirates.

The same paper report claims Cahill has told his current club he's keen on a move to North London, with the lure of Champions League football a potentially crucial factor for Arsenal.

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