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Tottenham Transfers: Gary Cahill Is Essential to Spurs Top-4 Hopes

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Gary Cahill of Bolton battles with Jonathan Walters of Stoke during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON semi final match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on April 17, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Sean BabcockCorrespondent IIAugust 31, 2011

With the transfer deadline now just a few hours away, Tottenham Hotspur have yet to really finalize a move to fortify the defensive lineup that allowed eight goals in their first two EPL outings.

Earlier this week, it appeared that a number of quality defensive names were still on Spurs' radar as the deadline inched closer. Now, with the final hours looming ahead, just one stands out as a promising possibility for Tottenham: Gary Cahill.

Knowing that their defensive line was in shambles following the heart-wrenching blowouts Spurs received at the hands of two powerhouse Manchester sides, Tottenham took advantage of Arsenal's apparent sudden disinterest in Bolton's defender and launched a player-plus-cash bid in the hopes of landing him at White Hart Lane.

One report tells of Bolton rejecting that bid, which reportedly included the offerings of Sebastien Bassong and David Bentley in exchange for Cahill, with the preference of a purely cash bid for their star centre-back instead.

As Tottenham goes back to the table to consider their options, many fans sincerely hope that they take this potential acquisition seriously.

Losing by a three-goal margin at Old Trafford is understandable enough, but 5-1 at home is unacceptable, and should give Spurs plenty of indication of what they truly need as the deadline approaches.

In some ways, it's a blessing to have that insight, but only if Spurs manage to make something happen in the next few hours on their defensive front.

Gary Cahill is exactly what Spurs need right now in their back line. He won't be the magical fix to every defensive problem that Spurs face, but his no-nonsense attitude, magnificent tackling ability, and knack for winning balls in the air are all reasons to do whatever it takes to bring Cahill to White Hart Lane.

Not to mention the fact that he's been a remarkably consistent presence for Bolton over the past few years, and the fact that he's very much not Younes Kaboul.

Cahill has been a hot item on the transfer market this summer, and Spurs are very lucky to find him still available in the final hours.

But Bolton has been very clear on their position regarding a potential move: they will absolutely not entertain any "poor offers" for the centre-back as the deadline approaches.

Spurs would do best to make an offer worth entertaining, and finalize this deal as soon as possible.

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