Many people expected Gary Cahill to be playing for a north London club this season, with Arsenal and Tottenham both interested in signing the England central defender who opened the scoring for the Three Lions in Bulgaria on Friday night.
However, the deadline day passed on Wednesday and Cahill remained on the books at Bolton Wanderers, with Owen Coyle explaining that the reason why the player wasn’t sold is that no club came near to matching their valuation.
“The bottom line is the clubs involved did not get close to what the club’s valuation is of Gary Cahill to sell,” said Coyle.
“That valuation to sell would probably be less than what my valuation of him as a manager is, but the business side of it you have to look at.
“I don’t know if they didn’t think he was worth the money. It might have been a case of those clubs involved maybe didn’t have that amount.
“I don’t think there is any doubt managers out there know his quality but whether they had the finance to do anything about it is a different question.
“Any interested clubs didn’t come close to what it would take for Gary to leave. It didn’t give you anything to think about.”