Football Rumours - D-Day for Chelsea and Cahill?

It is D-Day for Gary Cahill as Chelsea demand the highly-rated England and Bolton defender to give them a straight answer over their �22m contract negotiations.

Cahill is believed to have stalled over the deal during the last couple of weeks, with a frustrated Chelsea now ready to cut losses with the 26-year-old and move on to other central defender targets.

The North West club have stated that there are no other bids on the table from rival clubs, meaning the defender is most likely to remain at the Reebok is talks fall through.

Everton are willing to pay �2.5m (or �1m according to other sources) for Manchester United’s backup midfielder Darren Gibson.

The Republic or Ireland international would improve his chances of Euro 2012 selection if he made the switch to David Moyes’ side with a better chance of making more first-team appearances.


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Moyes has a limited transfer budget of around �10m to spend this month after offloading Mikel Arteta to Arsenal last summer, and could make the 24-year-old his first January signing.

The scrap to seal the deal of Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba is hotting up amid reports of both Tottenham and QPR tabling offers.

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It is reported that Spurs made a �7.5m bid last night after new QPR manager Mark Hughes went in with �7m.

Harry Redknapp believes his club have a ‘big chance’ and landing the 27-year-old, who has admitted he wishes to leave Steve Kean’s side to join a “more ambitious” club but concedes there is “nothing concrete”.

Sources in Germany say that Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has become the subject of interest from Bayern Munich.

The German club are believed to have stepped up their interest in the Bulgarian and are serious about bringing the out-of-favour frontman back to the Bundesliga.

Berbatov has made just four starts (and five sub appearances) this season, scoring six league goals, and could still sign a one year extension to his contract that expires this year.

Mark Hughes again, and this time he is said to be interested in signing Chelsea defender Alex if he is unable to attain the services of Blackburn’s Samba.

This could signal the start of his revolution at his new QPR side, with a cut-deal �3m deal apparently being discussed.

Wealthy owner Tony Fernandes is willing to back his new manager.

Newcastle’s Demba Ba has rubbished reports that he is on his way to Manchester United.

Armand Doorn, who claimed to be the Senegalese’s agent, said on Twitter that he would be a United player by the end of the month.

But Ba was quick to dismiss that Doorn has anything to do with his management team.

Arsenal are set to make a �4.1m bid to bring Barcelona defender Eric Abidal to the Emirates.

The Barcelona and 32-year-old cult-hero is nearing the twilight of his career, but Wenger believes he could still get a few good years out of him.

Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies has been left out of the starting line-up in recent Premier League games and that has prompted speculation over his future at the Reebok Stadium.

West Ham United – managed by former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce – are ready to make an approach for Davies.

Steve Kean has been told to sell a player before Blackburn can go after Fulham’s Andy Johnson.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are chasing Argentina teenage sensation Lucas Ocampos, Fleetwood Town striker Jamie Vardy is attracting interest from a string of clubs, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has repeatedly been linked with Premier League clubs, and Tottenham are ready to hijack West Ham’s move for Evian striker Yannick Sagbo.

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