Bolton braced for Cahill departure
Owen Coyle is resigned to losing key defender Gary Cahill in January, but the Bolton manager insists the player's immediate focus is on helping the club climb out of the relegation zone.
There is growing speculation regarding Cahill's future, with Tottenham and Chelsea thought to be considering tabling bids for the 26-year-old during the impending transfer window.
Bolton, three points from safety in 19th place in the Premier League, may take advantage of the interest - particularly with the centre-back's contract expiring in the summer - although Coyle insists the player's priority is to do his part in getting the club moving in the right direction.
"There is interest in Gary, there will be, it doesn't surprise me - I've said from day one Gary Cahill could play for anybody, he has those qualities," Coyle said.
"What January brings, it will bring. There is serious interest in Gary but we have two huge games before January 1 [home matches against Newcastle on Boxing Day and Wolves on New Year's eve] and Gary, because of the lad he is and the ability he has, his focus will be on doing his best for his team-mates and trying to help them get two points. And then whatever January brings, so be it."
Chelsea, the club most heavily linked with Cahill, are believed to be readying a bid for the player and Coyle has admitted contact has been made between the clubs over a potential deal.
"Nothing has been signed or sealed at the moment; there has been dialogue, and that's the situation. But Gary also knows he has two huge games before January 1, before anything could happen."
With Bolton leaking goals at seemingly at will, and with Cahill's exit looking close, Coyle says the club need to strengthen next month.
He said: "We know as a football club given the injuries and suspension we've had we need two or three [players] to give us a fresh impetus to kick on in the second half of the season."