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Arsenal Interested in Gary Cahill?

Gary Cahill was signed on loan from Aston Villa in November 2004 by former gaffer,Steve Cotterill and immediately became a firm favourite with Clarets fans putting in some impressive performances in the back four. Despite being only 19 at the time, he had a cool head and under the wing of John McGreal in particular developed immensely. He played 27 games for the Clarets,even managing to score a goal.That season he was named both Burnley's Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year and all Clarets fans were sad to see him him go back to Villa at the end of the 2004-5 season.

There were rumours going around at the time that we might be in with a chance of signing him permanently from Aston Villa but realistically if there was any genuine interest it is likely that they wouldn't have been able to afford him.

In September, 2007, Cahill joined Sheffield United on a three month loan deal returning to Villa Park in mid December 2007.

At the end of January 2008 though Gary Cahill signed for Bolton Wanderers on a three-and-a-half year deal after speculation that a number of clubs were interested in signing the player including local Villa rivals,Birmingham City and Turkish club Beşiktaş J.K.

The former England U20 and U21 defender, now 23 is widely tipped to be a future full England International and has become a firm favourite at the Reebok.

News today is that Arsenal have been having the player watched and could be ready to make a bid in this summer's transfer window.

Wanderers gaffer,Gary Megson rates the player highly, so much so has has put a 20m price tag on him in an attempt to scare off Arsenal saying:

'I think he`s the best young centre-half in the country by an absolute street'

Oh to have money!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 12 2009

Time: 8:41AM

Your Comments

Just such a pity we could never get the lad permanently but even if we could have afforded him, we couldn't have held onto him unless we had got into the top flight. One of Steve Cotterill's best ever signings in my opinion although the current side still have quite a few good ones too that were signed by him!
turfmanphil
'I think he`s the best young centre-half in the country by an absolute street' Are you sure? I do not think so.
Majkee
Maybe the best YOUNG centre half not the best centre half per se? Depends how you define young too!!
turfmanphil
I'd say Cahill's better than Djourou or Silvestre at centre back. Not that far behind Gallas and Toure, given their too occasional eccentricities. Arguably a better leader than any of them. So Ars interest is understandable. Good to see Turfman praising SC's squad-building. It was clearly time for him to move on when he did, and his on-field tactics were not the best (albeit building from the back is just about what we were all calling for when he was appointed). But he left a strong legacy in the squad (and some deadwood, it is true) and strengthened things begin the scenes. If ever Bfc were daft enough to adopt the 'twin-tower' approach to management, he'd possibly make a good director of football to go along with Owen's management.
Couch Potato
Yes,totally agree about the Cotterill comments. I got a lot of stick on other message boards for supporting Steve. I dont think he ever got the luxury of the money that Coyle was given for players and could only dream of buying the likes of Eagles and Paterson. Yes, OK the football was pretty dull at times but we ground out results at a time when other clubs would have been relegated. Some of the harsh comments made about him in that final season especialy at the time of that run of 19 without a win were quite frankly disgusting after what he had achieved at this club, especially behind the scenes. All I asked for at the time ws to keep Cotterill for longer to see what he could do with extra dosh and in fact he left a month before the Xmas deadline I had set to make up my mind. He had to go in the end, simply because I think the fans would have got on his back every time we lost. Coyle is simply a better manager but that doesn't make Cotterill a bad one.His legacy? Look at the players we now have in the squad still that were signed by Cotterill.
turfmanphil
Martin O'Neill's biggest mistake was allowing Cahill to leave, even for the reported 5m we got for him (not sure if there is a buy-on clause as well). I always said the lad will play for england, and still believe he will. Best of luck in the play-offs
krfeskivilla
I too thought it was a big mistake for Villa to let Cahill go seen as O'Neill seems to like having good young British talent and how expensive they are to buy!
8clarets8
Cheers KV! Will be good to have all three proper Claret&Blue sides in the top flight again (Villa plus West Ham)
turfmanphil
I'm not aware of what SC achieved behind the scene's ??
Bernie Lee
Cahill is an excellent young centre half, but he is still learning. 20m seems excessive and I woul dhave thought nearer the 10 mark woul dhave been better. With regards to Villa selling him - Is he better than Davies/Knight who they currently have sharing first team duties - I wouldnt say their was much between him and Davies.
Claretdale
 

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