Put up or shut up over Cahill - Coyle
Published 23:01 04/07/11 By Alan Nixon
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has told centre-back Gary Cahill’s fan club - pay up or shut up.
Coyle welcomed £17million-rated Cahill back to pre-season training yesterday and revealed he has been fielding inquiries for the defender.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham are all keen on the classy England international, but the Wanderers chief is growing fed up with all of the talk and no proper action as the clubs on Cahill's trail try to offer deals involving player swaps.
Coyle rapped: “There have been various interests in Gary - but that is all it has been. Clubs have been on and noted that they think Gary is a player they like. But there is nothing concrete for him.
“I have told Gary what is happening. I can understand his frustration when he sees something written about him every day.
"As soon as I know something he will be the next to hear.
“There are big clubs after him, but it is up to them to come on and back that up. If they don’t, I hope they move on somewhere else and leave the boy alone.
“If a bid comes in, we will look at it. If it doesn’t we will make the best of the situation. We know we have got a top-class player in our ranks.
“It is frustrating for everybody, but Bolton Wanderers is Gary’s club and we pay him a good salary. He is focussed on the job and will be until something happens.
“I don’t want to lose Gary, but if the right offer came in for him it would be better sooner rather than later.”
City did lead the chase for Cahill and were hoping to throw some of their fringe men into the deal - Nedum Onuoha, valued at £8m by the Eastlands outfit, is the player Coyle would take.
However, City's pursuit has cooled slightly, although that's possibly an attempt to get the price down, and that has left the door open for Arsenal and Tottenham.
The Gunners are willing to send some players to the Reebok - preferably on loan. Midfielder Henri Lansbury is in that category, but Coyle denies any contact at all about striker Nicklas Bendtner.
Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is looking to land Cahill by throwing striker Robbie Keane and right-back Alan Hutton, plus cash, into the equation.
Coyle is a big admirer of Keane but his wages are a problem, and the Bolton boss is currently chasing other strikers to play beside Kevin Davies.
Canny Coyle knows the players he wants in the market and could do without the Cahill distraction.
He added: “I have got one list of targets, I know the players who could take the club forward.
“I have been offered many players - good ones - who I have had to turn down because I don’t feel they are right for the club. I am not going to substitute quality just for a quick fix.”