Owen Coyle has warned Chelsea target Gary Cahill not to consider a move to Stamford Bridge.
The champions have long been linked with the England defender, as have fellow Londoners Arsenal and Tottenham, but his manager at Bolton does not want the 25-year-old to go anywhere – for now at least.
According to England WebFans, Coyle had: “For me, the January window is not the right time for a player like Gary to move. He would be a huge signing for somebody and the best time for that is at the end of the season.
“That is when you get the chance to bed in and hit the ground running. To do it in mid-season puts you under immediate and unfair scrutiny.”
Carlo wants new signings.
Carlo Ancelotti has done a U-turn on his previous statement that he does not want any new signings in January, and has admitted that he is likely to add to his squad in January according to Sky Sports.
Ancelotti has endured a torrid time in recent weeks, but remains firm in his belief that the Blues can still successfully defend their Premier League title.
The 51-year-old said: “We are not desperate. If everything stays okay, without injuries, then we will be able to fight back for the title without any new players. But when the Champions League comes back we need to have a full squad without injury. It is very important Alex comes back fit to play.
“For this reason maybe we are looking for a new player because in February when the Champions League games are back and we hope we are involved in the FA Cup and the Premier League, every game will be important.”
Blues join Samba race.
Christopher Samba has reportedly sparked a bidding war between London clubs Chelsea, Spurs and Fulham.
The want-away defender has also been strongly linked with Arsenal, and is known to want a move to a big four club this month.
According to The Metro, the defender said: “This is my fifth season here. I’ve had ups and downs but now I don’t want to waste any more time. New owners have arrived, they have fired the coach when he saved us from relegation two years ago.
“The least they could have done is come to us and explained their project. They haven’t done that, it’s a lack of respect. I don’t want to be part of it.”
Bids from all four camps appear imminent, and Blackburn are now thought to be resigned to losing the player this month.