Premier League - Cahill seals move to Chelsea

Mon, 16 Jan 13:10:00 2012

Chelsea have completed the signing of England defender Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers.

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The Londoners bring in the 26-year-old for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £7 million after agreeing a fee with the Trotters at the end of December.

The last two weeks have been spent by player and club wrangling over personal terms, but Cahill has now signed a contract and will be available to play in Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich.

He will also be eligible to play in the FA Cup for the Blues, having been omitted from the Bolton side which drew 2-2 at Macclesfield Town in their third round tie.

Cahill told his new club's official website: "Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this you can't turn down."

The former Aston Villa defender, who spent time out on loan at Burnley and Sheffield United before joining Bolton in January 2008, was at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to see Chelsea beat Sunderland 1-0.

Cahill, who has seven caps, will again link up at Chelsea with England skipper John Terry and looks set to replace Alex.

Reports say the Brazilian defender, who asked for a transfer due to a lack of first team opportunities, could join Queens Park Rangers.

Chelsea have swooped with Cahill out of contract at Bolton at the end of the season. Tottenham Hotspur had also previously shown interest in the defender.

He will now compete with Brazilian David Luiz to be Terry's central defensive partner with Cahill fighting for a place in England's Euro 2012 squad.

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