Owen Coyle has confirmed that Bolton Wnaderers have rejected a “derisory” bid from Arsenal for defender Gary Cahill.
The 25-year-old England international is entering the final year of his contract at the Reebok Stadium and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has shown considerable interest throughout the summer.
However the Bolton manager said that the two clubs are a distance apart in terms of their valuation of the towering centre back.
He said: “There was a conversation between (Bolton chairman) Phil Gartside and a representative of Arsenal. I’m only passing this on as a third party, but the word derisory doesn’t even cover it.”
He added: “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.”
While Coyle did not confirm how much Arsenal had offered for the player, it is reported that the bid was in the region of £7million.