Arsenal & Spurs cleared for England defender battle

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Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has admitted Gary Cahill may leave the Reebok Stadium, with North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal likely to be put on red alert over the England international’s availability.

Cahill was the subject of interest from both Spurs and Arsenal during the summer transfer window, with Harry Redknapp working up to the midnight deadline to complete the deal only to fall just short.

The England international is out of contract this summer, meaning he could leave the club for free if Bolton opt not to cash in over the winter, and Coyle remains pessimistic over his chances of keeping the 28-year-old at the club beyond the January transfer window.

"I would love to work with Gary Cahill every day of the week for as long as I could because he's a top player and a fantastic young man - but sometimes things are taken out of your grasp and we'll have to wait and see what January brings.” Coyle said ahead of Bolton’s clash with West Brom.

"But at this moment in time [what matters] is that we continue to improve as a team, pick up points and move up the league."

Bolton have endured a woeful start to the Premier League season, with the Trotters picking up just three wins in their first 11 Premier League games and conceding 27 goals in the process to leave them in the relegation zone.

Spurs are likely to make on offer for Cahill after suffering a defensive crisis so far this season, with Michael Dawson, Ledley King, William Gallas and Younes Kaboul all having prolonged spells on the sidelines, with Redknapp admitting he will be seeking defensive cover at White Hart Lane during the transfer window.

Arsenal bolstered their defensive ranks ahead of the new season, adding Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Carl Jenkinson in an attempt to shore up their leaky defence.

The Gunners may look to add Cahill to their ranks after undergoing their worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger though, with Arsenal succumbing to an 8-2 loss at the hands of Manchester United earlier in the campaign.

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