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Former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill is available on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea this summer following the expiration of his contract.
According to Daily Star, the 33 year old centre-back is close to signing for Aston Villa, who just won promotion to the Premier League.
Villa are desperate not to meet the same fate as last year’s Championship play-offs winners Fulham. They believe signing Cahill is important due to the experience he will bring to their team.
Villa boss Dean Smith is keen on strengthening his defence and according to Daily Star, he has made Cahill his priority signing.
Aston Villa aren’t the only club interested in Cahill. West Ham and Arsenal are also interested in signing the 33 year old.