Chelsea will allow Gary Cahill to leave on loan in January, as per The Daily Mail, and West Ham are one of the clubs mentioned with an interest.

West Ham were keen on Cahill in the summer and could revisit a move for the veteran defender.

But Southampton and Aston Villa have also been mentioned in this article as potential suitors.

Do West Ham need the 32-year-old? We take a look at Cahill’s prospects at West Ham.

Gary Cahill’s career

Gary Cahill has won plenty of trophies during his time with Chelsea. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Cahill has had an illustrious career, after coming through the ranks at Aston Villa.

From Aston Villa, he moved to Bolton Wanderers and then Chelsea signed him in 2012. In his six years with the Blues, he has played nearly 300 games, scoring 25 goals.

The 61-cap England international has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

But he now finds himself down the pecking order at Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri preferring other options.

 

Cahill’s chances of breaking past Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen back into the first-team are slim so he has been made available for loan, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

Form of Diop and Balbuena

Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have been solid at the back for West Ham. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

But if Cahill does move to West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini should not push him straight into the starting line-up.

In Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, West Ham have an established centre-back pairing, who are getting better with each game they play together.

Diop, at 21, looks like he could make it at the top level, while Balbuena looks to be the bargain of the summer at £3.5m.

Cahill cannot walk straight into this starting XI as Diop and Balbuena’s form has been exceptional.

Back-up option?

However, as a back-up option to Balbuena and Diop, West Ham could do a lot worse than signing Cahill on loan.

Provided his wage demands are not astronomical, Cahill provides experience, aerial dominance and he is still a competent defender at Premier League level.

It could mean that Angelo Ogbonna is on his way out but Cahill would be a more than adequate replacement, ahead of a potential free transfer at the end of the season.

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