Aston Villa defender Gary Cahill is attracting plenty of interest with Birmingham, Bolton, Wigan, Sunderland, Fulham and Derby all believed to be in the hunt for the player.

Cahill, who has slipped down the pecking order at Villa, has just completed a loan spell with Sheffield United.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill would prefer to do a straight cash deal rather than allow the £4million-rated player to go out on loan again.

He confirmed: "There is a lot of interest in Gary. There have been bids from clubs."