Chelsea to 'trump' Tottenham's defender chase

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Chelsea will let Josh McEachran join Bolton on loan to smooth their transfer discussions for Gary Cahill reports The Sun.

The 18-year-old midfielder has struggled to make his mark in the Blues' first-team this season, making just four appearances, and only one in the Barclays Premier League, such is the competition for places in west London.

Andre Villas-Boas will be prepared to let McEachran leave Stamford Bridge on loan for the remainder of the campaign, in a bid to improve Chelsea's position in their chase for Trotters defender Cahill.

The Portuguese tactician is planning an £8million offer for John Terry's England defensive partner when the transfer window reopens in January, and hopes to see off rival interest from Tottenham by using McEachran as a trump card.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp tried to sign Cahill on transfer deadline day in the summer, and is tipped to renew his attempts to bring him to White Hart Lane in the New Year.

However, Bolton and Chelsea have forged a good relationship after Daniel Sturridge spent part of last season on loan at the Reebok Stadium, so Tottenham may miss out on Cahill altogether.

The young striker has hit the ground running on his return to Stamford Bridge this term, and is in line to be part of England's Euro 2012 squad, and Chelsea hope McEachran's loan could have the same reward.

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