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Bournemouth eye up potential deal for former Premier League defender

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Bournemouth are hoping to strike a deal with former Crystal Palace and England defender Gary Cahill, according to The Sun on Sunday (15th August, page 63). 

The 35-year-old, who departed The Eagles following the expiration of his deal in the summer, has also been targeted by Rangers.

The vastly experienced defender has made just shy of 400 Premier League appearances, during spells with Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, and Palace, whilst he has also featured 43 times at second-tier level.

Making his Championship debut for Burnley as an 18-year-old in 2004, Cahill played the entirety of a cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur, before making his league debut in a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest a few days later.

At the end of that season, Cahill scooped up the club’s Player of the Season award.

The centre-back made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa in April 2006, coming on as a substitute in the 52nd minute during a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Bournemouth will be looking to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking this term, after being beaten by Brentford in their play-off semi-final last term.

The Cherries beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground, which means they remain unbeaten in the 2021/22 league campaign to date.

The Verdict 

Gary Cahill does not possess the same athleticism as he once had, but the experience and leadership he possesses, makes him an excellent option should Bournemouth take their interest further. 

Also, The Cherries will have athleticism around him, if he is to make the move and start. Lloyd Kelly is one example of someone who will operate next to him, whilst Leif Davis and Jack Stacey are of the same build as the aforementioned Kelly, who play in the full-back positions.

Cahill’s know-how of winning football matches could prove vital for Parker, if a move is made, and he could be just what the club are after.

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