Bolton defender Cahill tops Arsenal shopping list

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is planning a bid for Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill.

The London Evening Standard says Cahill has become one of Arsenal's principal targets as Wenger examines his options for the rest of the campaign. The centre-back has been a regular in England squads since last year and won his first cap as a substitute in the 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley in September.

Cahill joined Bolton for £5million from Aston Villa in January 2008 and his reputation has grown steadily since then. The 24-year-old is comfortable with the ball at his feet and, at 6ft 2in, he would provide the Gunners' backline with a physical presence that they currently lack.

Cahill's last appearance at Emirates Stadium, when he was harshly sent off in a 4-1 defeat on 11 September, is not believed to have deterred Arsenal.

Although Wenger already has Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou in his squad, the manager believes he is still light in defence. The Gunners lost Mikael Silvestre, Sol Campbell and William Gallas in the summer and with concerns over Djourou's fitness following a season-long absence with a knee surgery, Wenger is thought to favour making another addition.

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