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West Ham eyeing January move for Chelsea's Gary Cahill

West Ham are weighing up a move for Gary Cahill this January.

According to a report by The Mirror, Cahill is a potential target for Manuel Pellegrini to add depth to his defence.

The 32-year-old is out of favour at Chelsea and has only played 21 minutes of Premier League football this season.

Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, his chances have been limited. His only two other games for the Blues came in the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

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With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Cahill is considering his options. And the veteran defender could be heading across London to join West Ham.

The Hammers might move for the England international to shore up their leaky defence.

Cahill’s career

Gary Cahill (right) has played 61 times for the Three Lions. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Cahill has had a long and illustrious career. After starting out at Aston Villa, he moved to Bolton Wanderers and then on to Chelsea.

The central defender has amassed a total of over 500 career appearances, including nearly 300 for Chelsea.

He has also racked up an impressive tally of 61 caps for England.

Cahill’s trophy cabinet includes two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, a Champions League and a Europa League.

Where would he fit in?

The 6ft 4in centre-half is an accomplished defender with plenty of experience at the top level.

But he is not quite the same player he once was so there are question marks over whether he would be a good signing for West Ham.

On one hand, you have the argument that his legs are gone and that his game is going backwards. Cahill is likely to demand fairly high wages so the money may be better off spent elsewhere.

However, Cahill could still be a useful option for the Irons. His experience would help teach the likes of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena.

And as a back-up choice to those two, Cahill would provide good competition with Angelo Ogbonna.

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