Aston Villa pulls out of Cahill race - leaves him stuck

Aston villa have pulled out of race to sign Chelsea defender as a potential deal is considered too expensive.

Gary Cahill
Villa have held talks with Chelsea over a possible January move for the former England international but are now considering other targets amid concerns over the financial cost.
Chelsea are willing to let Cahill leave next month and would prefer to sell the 33-year-old, who is understood to be on around £110,000 a week, or accept a loan arrangement with the club paying all of those wages in full.
Villa have identified the signing of a new centre-half as a priority when the transfer window opens and Cahill, a former Villa player, was high on Dean Smith's list. Cahill made 31 appearances for the club until he was sold to Bolton in 2008. 
But Villa are now abandoning their pursuit after discovering that even a six-month deal could cost up to £4 million, including wages and a loan fee. 
Cahill is also keen to stay in the Premier League and would favor a loan move so he can then explore his options as a free agent in the summer. Villa are one of those options if Smith succeeds in guiding the Midlands club out of the Championship this season.
Villa may revive their interest in Cahill towards the end of the January window if he has not signed for another club, but that prospect is still considered unlikely.
Smith, chief executive Christian Purslow and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch have held a series of meetings over January targets, with two full-backs also seen as possible options.
Villa have already signed Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic from Gentfor a fee of around £5m. He will be eligible to play in the FA Cup game against Swansea on January 5.

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