BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Gary Cahill of Bolton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers on April 2, 2011 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Sky Sports confirms that the teams are in talks and that Sebastien Bassong is in fact part of the discussions.
Multiple reports are confirming that Tottenham Hotspur are in transfer negotiation talks for Bolton Wanderers centerback Gary Cahill. Cahill, reportedly rated by Wanderers as a £15m player, has long been rumored to depart Bolton this transfer window.
Recent transfer news had Cahill linked to a move to Arsenal. But after Arsene Wenger's supposedly insulting bid and the Gunners' acquisition of Weder Bremen CB Per Mertesacker, it seems Arsenal is out on Cahill.
The most interesting part of these rumors come from the less-than-reliable Goal.com, who report that Sebastien Bassong could be added to a deal in a cash-plus-players move for Cahill, offering £6-8m along with the Cameroon international.
It is without doubt that Cahill would be a tremendous addition for Tottenham. The squad is extremely thin at centerback with Ledley King and William Gallas injured. Younes Kaboul has failed to impress so far as a starting central defender, and Bassong has never proven himself to be consistent enough to be a Spurs regular.
Cahill would give Tottenham some steel in a leaky Tottenham defense that has allowed eight goals in two games this season. Obviously, the issue is price. At the rumored cash-plus-players deal above, it would be a worthwhile acquisition. But if it costs £15m, Daniel Levy will have to think long and hard whether Cahill is the answer for the Tottenham defense.