Gary Cahill

Chelsea sign Gary Cahill from Bolton

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Chelsea have completed the signing of Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers for a fee of around £7 million.

According to the BBC, the 26-year-old centre-half passed a medical last Saturday, before attending Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

“Chelsea is a massive club that looks to win trophies season in, season out,” Cahill said.

“It is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this you can’t turn down.

“This is the right move for me at the right time.

“I would like to thank everybody at Bolton because I have had a great four years at the football club.

“My spell with Wanderers has enabled me to break into the England squad.

“I would particularly like to thank the fans for their support along the way.”

Chelsea and Bolton agreed the £7 million fee at the end of last month, but Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed that club and player were “miles apart” over personal terms.

Reports had suggested Manchester United were also interested in signing Cahill, whose contract with Bolton would have expired in the summer.

Current Blues centre-back Alex is set to leave Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea in discussions with QPR over a fee for the Brazilian.

BBC Sport reported that Bolton will reinvest all of Cahill’s fee into new players as the club tries to avoid relegation.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has been linked with signing 24-year-old USA international defender Tim Ream, who recently trained with the club, as Cahill’s replacement.

Cahill, who joined Bolton in a £5 million transfer deal from Aston Villa in January 2008, made 147 appearances for Bolton during his time with the club, scoring 15 goals.

He has won seven England caps and made his first England start against Ghana in March 2011, scoring his first international goal in the 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in September.

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