According to Sky Sports, Premier League side Fulham are unlikely to sign defender Gary Cahill from Chelsea after talks reached a stalemate this weekend.

Premier League side Fulham had jumped into pole position in the chase to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, but discussions have hit a stumbling block. The breakdown of discussions could potentially open the door for Aston Villa to re-enter the race for Cahill.

Fulham had reportedly agreed a deal to buy out the remaining six months of Cahill’s contract at Chelsea and sign him on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

Now, discussions have hit a stumbling block. Sky Sports say that Cahill is keen to sign a longer deal at his next club but The Cottagers are only looking to bring him in until the end of the current Premier League season.

To add to the growing unlikeliness of Cahill’s move to Craven Cottage, Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri admitted that he was unsure if the defender would commit to their Premier League survival fight.

“He is a very important player and, for us, it would be fantastic. But I don’t know if he wants to come and fight with us,” The Italian said.

With talks at a stalemate, could Aston Villa move in to bring his seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge to an end?

Prior to the start of the January transfer window, reports emerged from the Telegraph stating that Villa had scrapped any plans to make a move for Cahill, bringing an end to fans’ hopes of a reunion.

However, today (Monday 21st) Everton winger Yannick Bolasie returned to his parent club early on after opting to exercise a cancellation option in his loan deal. The departure of Bolasie opens up a big chunk of money to spend on wages, with him taking up around £70,000-a-week with his hefty Premier League wage packet.

Dean Smith is keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this January transfer window as they look to revive their promotion chase in the second half of this season.

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