Premier League - Cahill in London for Chelsea medical

Sat, 14 Jan 08:54:00 2012

Bolton's Gary Cahill is due to undergo a medical at Chelsea on Saturday while the Blues have accepted Queens Park Rangers' bid for Alex, it is understood.

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England defender Cahill was in London overnight and looks set to end two weeks of uncertainty over his future by joining the Blues. It is more than a fortnight since Bolton accepted a £7 million bid from Chelsea for their prize asset, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Negotiations initially looked to have hit a snag when Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed club and player were "miles apart" in terms of Cahill's salary.

Reports suggested Cahill was looking for £100,000 a week, with Chelsea hoping to settle for something closer to £70,000. The club are looking to reduce their overall wage bill due to the Financial Fair Play regulations but the two parties now appear to have come to a satisfactory conclusion.

Speaking on Friday, Villas-Boas appeared confident of a positive outcome "this week" and refused to criticise Cahill or his representatives for the delay.

"It's part of negotiation," Villas-Boas said. "I'm sure all parties are protecting their interests and we'll reach an agreement."

Alex, meanwhile, could make the short move to West London rivals QPR after the Brazilian defender was transfer-listed by request in November.

The Hoops had a bid for the centre-back rejected during the week but it is understood that an agreement has been reached over the 29-year-old's transfer.

The one obstacle remaining for new QPR boss Mark Hughes is Alex's reported reluctance to sign for another English club, with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also rumoured to be interested.

Even if Alex signs on Saturday he will have missed the deadline for Sunday's Premier League match at Newcastle, with the earliest he could play at home to Wigan next weekend.

QPR have been desperate to sign a defender since Hughes took over from the sacked Neil Warnock last week, with a bid for Blackburn's Chris Samba also rejected.

Eurosport / PA Sport

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