Arsenal target remains 'optimistic' of £15m summer move

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Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill remains optimistic of completing a summer switch to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal according to the Daily Mirror.

The 25-year-old England international has become one of the most sought after centre-backs in England, after turning in a number of fine displays for the Trotters this season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his defensive department at the Emirates Stadium, and has reportedly earmarked Cahill as the man he wants to bring to Arsenal.

Having moved to the Reebok from Aston Villa for £5million in 2008, Cahill has established himself as a leading light in manager Owen Coyle's first-team, with the Bolton boss keen to keep hold of his star player.


However, Cahill is said to have told friends he has his heart set on a move to Arsenal, in order to fulfill his ambition of competing at the highest level in the Champions League with the Gunners.

If Wenger is to prise him away from Bolton in the summer, he will need to open the Arsenal cheque-book and pay the £15million needed to secure his services.

With an injury to Thomas Vermaelen having kept the Belgian stopper out for most of the season, Arsenal have been forced to call upon the services of Laurent Koscielny, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci.

Unfortunately, the latter of the three has failed to make the grade for Arsenal, meaning Cahill could be drafted in as an immediate replacement if Squillaci is shown the exit door in June.

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