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Coyle ready to draw 'line in the sand' over Cahill

ESPN staff
January 12, 2012
Gary Cahill is still negotiating with Chelsea © Getty Images

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has admitted the uncertainty surrounding Gary Cahill's future has affected his January transfer plans - and wants the matter resolved over the weekend.

Defender Cahill is still yet to agree a deal with Chelsea over a switch, despite the two clubs reaching an agreement on the transfer fee over two weeks ago. With the deal impacting on his own plans, Coyle hopes the saga will be resolved one way or the other over the weekend.

"I think we accept that it is taking a bit longer than people envisaged, I think it is two weeks ago now that we as a football club agreed a deal with Chelsea - but it is obviously up to Gary's agent and Chelsea and obviously Gary himself to complete those deals," Coyle said. "I think fairly soon there'll come a point when they either agree that it's done, or it's not.

"I think you have to draw a line in the sand. We'll see what happens in the next few days."

With Chelsea reportedly prepared to pay around £7 million for Cahill's services, the money would prove useful to Coyle in his bid to strengthen the playing staff at the Reebok Stadium. The manager admits he would like to have money to spend, but is hoping to bring in "two or three" players regardless of whether or not Cahill's sale is finalised.

"It's fair to say having money gives you more options than not having it," he said. "Sometimes you have to be creative if you don't have what a lot of other clubs do - but we continue to make the best of what we've got.

"I continue to try and plan to move the club forward, whether Gary was here or not. I want to bring two or three players in to help the group we have. I've started to get one or two back from injury but if I can add the two or three I want it will certainly help the whole group."

Coyle would be happy to have Cahill stay, however - if the England international is unable to reach an agreement with the Blues about his weekly wages.

"You can never second guess anything in football," he added. "The bottom line is that while Gary is here he continues to play at a very high level. He popped up with the winning goal at Goodison [against Everton] and Gary will always give his very best.

"Until I hear something different in terms of negotiations being concluded between both parties, he will be in line to play against Manchester United."

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