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Chelsea have targeted Gary Cahill as the man to sort out their defensive nightmare.

Andre Villas-Boas believes the Bolton centre-half is just what his Chelsea side needs and will make a cut-price £7million bid as soon as the winter transfer window opens in the new year.

The figure is so low because Cahill is out of contract in the summer and can start talking to interested clubs in January about a Bosman move.

While Villas-Boas expects to be given time to put things right at Stamford Bridge, he was put under unwanted added pressure by the latest intervention from Guus Hiddink.

Less than 24 hours after defensive blunders against Liverpool plunged the Blues to their fourth defeat of the season, Hiddink hinted once again at a return to SW6.

Hiddink, who replaced sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009 and led Chelsea to an FA Cup Final triumph, is free to take up any offer after being sacked by Turkey last week.

The veteran Dutchman is thought to still be on the payroll as an advisor to owner Roman Abramovich and he fanned the flames by saying: “The relationship with Roman was and has been and will be very good.

“When I go to London, I am always welcome at Cobham (Chelsea’s training ground) and the stadium.

“We don’t speak every week but every now and then there is contact and I feel very welcome always.

“I will take some time off and we will see what the future brings. I have made a decision to stop the previous job and then one must take some time to reflect and look where there is a prestigious project, not just football but also through other things where I can help somewhere.”

Villas-Boas made it clear last week he has been given guarantees that Hiddink has not been lined up for a return to the club in any capacity, with the signals that he would regard the idea of appointing the Dutchman even as Director of Football as undermining his own authority.

That authority has been weakened by three defeats in the last four league games as Chelsea have shipped 17 goals and kept two clean sheets in their opening 12 league games.

But the Blues boss, who saw Brazilian defender David Luiz compound his series of basic errors against Liverpool, feels Cahill would be the answer.

Bolton resisted Tottenham’s £16million bid – more than Chelsea were prepared to pay – on deadline day for the ex-Aston Villa stopper.

Yet with the Trotters in the drop zone and in desperate need of cash to fund a winter recruitment drive, Chelsea feel they can get the 26-year-old – who is set to go to Euro 2012 as John Terry’s first-choice England partner – on the cheap.

Source: Mirror

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