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Bolton to keep Cahill even if Wheater deal successful

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has stressed that the possible arrival of Middlesbrough central defender David Wheater does not mean in-demand Gary Cahill will be moving out of The Reebok. Coyle remains tight-lipped over his bid to land the Boro defender, who he made a move for last week.

"I am loath to speak about other peoples' players and people recognise he is available and they look that we only have two centre-halves," he told Sky Sports News.

"He [Wheater] is a very talented young player we know, he has already shown in the Premier League he can equip himself at a high level."

Asked if Wheater was being lined up to replace Cahill, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, he added: "I can assure that is not the case.

"I have not had any other dialogue with a Premier League club or from elsewhere.

"I have said before Gary Cahill is a top performer capable of playing for any top club, but I have also said that the best time for Gary to move and any other player in that bracket is the summer.

"If any football club is going to spend that sort of money he needs to hit the ground running, whereas in the summer he gets the pre-season and you get to know him and for me that is the perfect time."

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