Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are expected to make a renewed effort to sign Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill, according to the Express.

The England defender, who came close to a move to Spurs on the final day of the transfer window, is out on contract at the Reebok Stadium at the end of the season.

Owen Coyle appears consigned to losing the centre-back, with Chelsea and Tottenham now willing to go back in for the 25-year-old, despite reported interest from Barcelona.


With places in Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad few and far between, Cahill will be wanting to play a regular part in a successful Barclays Premier League side, with his reputation at Bolton having taken a hit after losing six in a row in the league.

Cahill will have to weigh up whether a move to Chelsea, who have David Luiz, John Terry, Alex and Branislav Ivanovic in their squad, or Tottenham who have welcomed back Ledley King to full fitness and have Williams Gallas and club captain Michael Dawson waiting in the wings, will help improve his international chances.

Alternatively, if a move to Chelsea or Tottenham doesn't appeal, Barcelona have reportedly expressed an interest, with their resources in defence regularly stretched, leading to Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano having to fill in at centre-back in the absence of captain Carlos Puyol or Gerard Pique.

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