Aston Villa's lack of defensive options has been well publicised of late, but Gary Cahill seemingly won't be the man to solve the issues.
Villa lost John Terry over the summer, and whilst Axel Tuanzebe returned from Manchester United, he and James Chester are the only recognised centre backs at the club.
Tommy Elphick has now returned from a loan move to Hull City, but Villa are still expected to be in the market for another centre back next month.
One name mentioned was Chelsea defender Cahill, who has struggled for first-team football under Maurizio Sarri this season and can leave in 2019.
Having come up through the Villa youth academy, Cahill has been touted for a move back to Villa Park, where he could reunite with ex-Chelsea and England teammate Terry, a current Villa coach.
However, The Telegraph report that Villa have abandoned a possible move for Cahill because of the cost involved, as with a loan fee and wages, taking Cahill to Villa Park would have cost £4million.
After a financial nightmare earlier this year, Villa are unsurprisingly looking elsewhere, and fans have been taking to Twitter to react to the new rumour.
Many fans believe that Villa are making the right decision, as forking out huge money for a short-term solution would have been a standard Steve Bruce move, and was always an absurd notion.
Others think that Cahill would have been worth the money, even questioning the logic of refusing to pay £4million for Cahill but spending more than that on goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic having already signed two goalkeepers in the summer - though Orjan Nyland is now injured.
#AVFC Paying Cahill £110k a week would have done wondrous things for the esprit de corps in the dressing room, wouldn't it!— brucemac (@tweetingolfer) December 29, 2018
What an absurd notion and thank goodness it's been kicked into touch.
Cahill is composed in possession. Considering we've signed Samba and tried to get Collins, it makes me laugh that we overlook a real talent and former Villan.— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) December 28, 2018
I know it wouldn't be a cheap exercise, but I can't see us getting even in the playoffs as things stand.
Aston Villa pull out of the race to sign Gary Cahill due to wage demands— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) December 28, 2018
Paying £2.7m in wages isn't worth our time to push for promotion, but we still sanction a £7m deal for a new No.1 goalkeeper just months after signing a new No.1 goalkeeper...
Logic be damned #AVFC
Kinda disappointed we’re not going after Cahill but you can see why. Also I think it was more a nostalgia thing on my part. Plenty of good centre backs about that won’t cost a bomb. #AVFC— Adz (@AdzW90) December 28, 2018
Not shocked with the Cahill news, thought he would cost a ridiculous amount. #AVFC— AVFCTranstweet (@AVFCTransTweet) December 28, 2018
More than happy we've pulled out of the race to sign Cahill, would be a case of not learning our lesson, standard Bruce move of papering over the cracks for daft money #avfc— Jack Millman (@LordMillman) December 28, 2018
Makes sense.— Heel Hicks (@krh944) December 28, 2018
I wouldn't mind villa paying Cahill 100k a week but only if we got rid of dead wood like jedinak, Richards, one of our 5 GKs and lansbury— AVJD (@itsjoshduffy) December 29, 2018
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