Aston Villa are interested in bring defender Gary Cahill back to the club, according to Sport Witness.

Cahill began his professional career at Villa Park and the club are rumoured to be re-signing the defender, who left for Bolton Wanderers in 2008.

Now 32, he has enjoyed a glittering career since departing Villa but has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Chelsea by Maurizio Sarri. The experienced centre-back stepped aside from international football last month but has won 61 England caps and appeared at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Villa, however, face a battle for the Dronfield-born veteran. Sport Witness also claim that Premier League side Watford are interested in the defender, whose Stamford Bridge contract expires in 2019. There is also rumoured interest from abroad, with reports suggesting that Marseille and Bordeaux could swoop.

With his Chelsea future uncertain, it is likely that several teams will sniff around Cahill and there may be a battle for his signature if he leaves the Premier League giants next summer.

Villa boss Steve Bruce has made no secret of his desire to bolster his backline and the club have also been linked with former Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker after missing out on Cahill’s former Chelsea teammate John Terry.

Towering German Robert Huth and former Villain James Collins have also been linked with a move to the Midlands, as recently reported by The72.

After conceding defeat in the race for Terry, it would be very surprising if Bruce doesn’t seal a deal for a new central defender before the January transfer window opens.

Sheffield Wednesday visit Villa Park on Saturday and Bruce’s side will be keen to build on the win over Rotherham United in their last outing, which saw them leap to sixth in the Championship table.

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