West Ham United have been linked to Gary Cahill this summer.

Most of the exciting speculation regarding West Ham United this summer has centered around attacking signings.

Manuel Pellegrini has already snapped up Pablo Fornals for a bargain £24 million, while the likes of Maxi Gomez and Salomon Rondon are heavily linked.

Thing is, West Ham do probably need a few defenders, and is the path clear for Pellegrini to sign one?

The Mirror [17/04, page 69] reported a couple of months ago that the Hammers wanted Gary Cahill, who is a free agent upon being released by Chelsea.

But The Sun claimed that Aston Villa would be rivalling United for the 33-year-old signature, which The Birmingham Mail reported on Saturday wasn’t going to happen.

Arsenal are also in the mix, but West Ham might just be favourites on the basis that the Gunners need to keep an eye on their wage bill and someone like the Champions League winner might bring it up higher than it needs to be right now, amid the struggle of failing to get rid of £350,000-a-week Mesut Ozil.

Plus, he is widely reported to want to stay in London, which obviously applies to West Ham and Arsenal, but Pellegrini’s side is the more logical option now that Villa – where he began his career and will no doubt hold a certain sentimental quality for him – are out of the reckoning


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