Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to make to make a £15 million bid for Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
Bolton are reluctant to let the England international leave, but with debts of around £40 million they could find it difficult to turn down such a large offer.
Chelsea have been struggling defensively of late and with Brazilian defender Alex still out of action with a knee injury, Ancelotti could be tempted to add defensive reinforcements to his squad in January.
Speaking of possible January moves, Ancelotti said: “By January 31, if we are sure that Alex will have resolved his problem, we won’t need another defender. We have to wait and see his condition.
“But we can think about things, a new defender, towards the end of January. That would be the only position.”
Gary Cahill’s nationality would also be attractive for Ancelotti who has recently spoken of the advantage of signing English players:
“And obviously, if you take an English player, you don’t have a problem to adapt to things here.
“They know the culture, the language and don’t have problems. Maybe English players have advantages for this reason.”
Cahill moved from Aston Villa to Bolton in 2008 and he quickly became a favorite amongst fans at the Reebok Stadium. He has scored eight goals in around 100 games for the Trotters but has recently hinted that he may be interested in a move to a bigger club.