Cahill close to Chelsea switch

Last updated : 14 January 2012

The England defender 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 £7million 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."

Cahill, 26, would be Villas-Boas' first January signing, bolstering the problematic central defensive area.

QPR target Alex is out of favour and has not been considered for first-team action since being made available for transfer and Branislav Ivanovic has been injured, while both David Luiz and John Terry have been short of their best this season.

Source: PA

Source: PA

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