Chelsea have missed the deadline complete the signing of Gary Cahill in time for their Barclays Premier League game against Sunderland.
The Blues were confident of wrapping up the deal by the end of the week but that had not happened before the midday cut-off for Cahill to be registered for Saturday's Stamford Bridge clash.
It remained to be seen whether the Bolton defender would complete what has been a protracted move on Friday and become Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas' first January signing. If not, Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has already confirmed Cahill would be in contention for his current employers' trip to Manchester United.
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