West Ham have been linked with Gary Cahill as he prepares to leave Chelsea. But Burnley have now entered the race, according to The Daily Mail.

Burnley are ready to compete with the Hammers for Cahill, who will become a free agent at the end of the season. Sean Dyche wants defensive reinforcements after his side battled the drop for most of the season.

James Tarkowski and Ben Mee have formed a good partnership at Turf Moor. However, Tarkowski is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs and Dyche has reservations about using Ben Gibson as his replacement.

The Clarets are therefore weighing up whether to sign Cahill on a free transfer. The 61-cap England defender is set to leave Stamford Bridge after seven years in West London.

 

Cahill was given a standing ovation during his final home game for Chelsea against Watford. But after nearly 300 appearances, two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League, Cahill leaves Chelsea a highly-decorated player.

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West Ham and Gary Cahill links

Burnley are the latest club to be chasing Cahill. But West Ham have been linked for a while. After failing to sign the 33-year-old in January, West Ham are set to return for him this summer, according to The Mirror via HITC Sport.

West Ham could sign one new centre-back this summer. Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop are the first-choice partnership. Then, Angelo Ogbonna provides adequate back-up.

But with Winston Reid’s future in doubt after a year-and-a-half injury, West Ham could sign a fourth player to add competition in this department.

Youngster Reece Oxford could leave (Sky Sports News). And this could open the door for Cahill to join West Ham, unless Burnley swoop first.