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Coyle expecting the vultures

Wanderers boss believes clubs will be back for Cahill

Last Updated: 22/09/11 8:06pm

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle expects the vultures to be circling for Gary Cahill's signature when the transfer window reopens in January.

Cahill was a player in demand prior to the summer window closing with both Arsenal and Tottenham keen to lure him to London.

The England international will line up against The Gunners in this weekend's fixture and Coyle insists the stopper has nothing to prove.

However, the talented defender remains in the final year of his deal and Coyle would not be surprised if more bids were tabled in the New Year.


"I wouldn't be surprised if they came back," Coyle commented on Cahill's admirers.

"Arsene has always said he is an admirer of Gary Cahill. But the clubs never agreed a fee.

"Gary has nothing to prove. He is a top performer, who is set for a glittering career."

Coyle disputes claims that there could be tension between the pair of managers at Saturday's clash at Emirates Stadium.


Meanwhile, Coyle has revealed he held clear-the-air talks with his Bolton squad following their 2-1 defeat to Norwich, their ninth defeat in 10 outings.

"I brought the lads in, sat them down and said that sometimes we'll have to accept we're going to come in for criticism," he told the Bolton News.

"There was a perception that it has been a poor start because we lost that game on Saturday. Well, fair enough.

"People have said lots of complimentary things about me as a manager in my five or six years but sometimes that's not the case and you have to take that on the chin."

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