Arsenal's attempt to offload the cash brought in from the Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas sales might just prove tougher than first thought, after Premier League club Bolton Wanderers rejected Arsene Wenger's £6 million bid for centre-back Gary Cahill.
A report on Goal.com reveals that Arsene Wenger wants to secure an experienced centre-back partner for Thomas Vermaelen, and Cahill is top of his list. The Gunners have been tracking the defender for a few weeks now and his impressive performances in the Premier League this season so far have made him an even more attractive prospect.
For a club in such a desperate situation, it's thought that they might attempt to pay at least the market price for a player such as Gary Cahill. However, as has been the case many times this season, the Gunners' attempt to sign a player has fallen short. For Wenger, it is back to the drawing board once again.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle criticised the offer for his player earlier today.
"When I make an offer for a player, I'd like to think in the right ball park, but this wasn't even close. There was a conversation between [chairman] Phil Gartside and a representative of Arsenal. I'm only passing this on as a third party, but the word 'derisory' doesn't even cover it."
As things stand, Arsenal are still somewhat understrength for a side expecting to realistically challenge for a top spot. With more than enough cash to introduce some world class footballers to the Emirates, the club will need to work overtime in what time is left in this window.
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