Friday, 26th August, 2011

Arsenal have had an offer for Gary Cahill rejected by Bolton Wanderers and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has hit back at criticism that the amount on the table was too low.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle labelled the bid "derisory" and the club’s chairman Phil Gartside re-posted a message from a supporter mocking Arsenal’s offer on Twitter.

Wenger though has hit back at the reaction which has greeted a bid thought to be around the £6M mark.

"That number is completely wrong", said the Arsenal boss when quizzed about the supposed £6M bid for Cahill.

"If Gartside can say I am lying I am ready to confront him.

"I believe every negotiation is between two parties and you only have to sell the player if you are all right with the price.

"In this case the information is below what has been spoken about. You can believe Gartside or you can believe me. It’s not right. It’s not the truth.

"The truth is we never speak about our negotiations."

And Wenger blasted that Bolton should not sell Cahill if they are not happy with the valuation Arsenal have put on the former Aston Villa defender.

"If a club doesn’t want to sell a player it can keep him. When we sign a player we come out here and tell you and keep the price a secret.

"They do not need to sell the player, they can keep him."

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