After failing to land Phil Jagielka from Everton, Arsenal have turned their attention towards Gary Cahill and they might have to up the ante after their first bid for the Bolton defender was laughed off by the Lancashire club.
It is believed that the Gunners submitted a bid in the region of £7 million for the player, although Arsenal might have to double their money to secure the signature of the 25-year-old defender who has entered the England reckoning for next year’s Euro 2012. Owen Coyle certainly isn’t impressed by the current money on the table.
“There was a conversation between Phil Gartside and a representative of Arsenal,” he said. “I’m only passing this on as a third party, but the word derisory doesn’t even cover it. When I make an offer for a player, I’d like to think in the right ball park, but this wasn’t even close.
“I spoke to Gary Cahill about it before the Macclesfield game, and he knows everything that’s going on.”
It is not the first time that Arsenal have tried to get a player on the cheap, with Arsene Wenger reportedly reluctant to increase the £2 million bid for Mark Schwarzer last term and it appears that Phil Jagielka is now staying put at Everton.