Bolton set to win Wheater race - but not at Cahill's expense
Published 23:00 07/01/11 By Alan Nixon
Owen Coyle is set to win the £2.25m race for David Wheater – but NOT as Gary Cahill’s instant replacement.
The Bolton boss has outbid rivals Wolves for the Middlesbrough centre-back, who is poised for talks and likely to be taken out of Tony Mowbray’s FA Cup squad today.
Wheater would have to fight for his place in a Wanderers side where Coyle wants competition at the back for Cahill and Zat Knight after releasing Andy O’Brien to join Leeds.
Coyle hopes Wheater will take the chance of Premier League football - with the possibility Cahill could move on in the summer.
Home-grown hero Wheater is being sold by Boro as they do not want to lose him for a small sum when his deal runs out at the end of the season.
Owner Steve Gibson is ready to sell this weekend but Mowbray is unlikely to see much of the proceeds.