Harry Redknapp has conceded that Tottenham are likely to lose out to Chelsea in the race for Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
The Blues have agreed a fee of £7 million for the 26-year-old, but the player has yet to rubber stamp his move to west London.
Cahill is reported to be demanding a higher salary than Chelsea are willing to offer, and negotiations appear to be stalling.
The England international is also said to have been unhappy that Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas publicly revealed the struggle to reveal personal terms.
However, Bolton manager Owen Coyle says he expects both parties to come to some sort of agreement over the weekend.
Spurs, meanwhile, have also been trying to sign Cahill, but Redknapp expects he will move to Stamford Bridge, rather than White Hart Lane.
"I couldn't sit here and say that we wouldn’t be interested in him, of course we would, for sure," the Spurs boss confessed.
"But I don't know what the situation is with Chelsea.
"It's difficult trying to beat Chelsea if you're after the same player, let's be honest. Their wage structure would be on a different level to ours so it’s difficult.
"If you're both in for the same player they're probably going to blow you out of the water in the end. It's a difficult one to get involved in."