Chelsea are hopeful of completing the deal for Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill today following delays over the buying club's insistence that new financial fair play regulations (FFP) mean they are prepared to pay him a relatively low -- by their standards -- £50,000 a week.
It has meant a longer than usual negotiation with Cahill and his agent, John Seasman. The club agreed a fee of around £6m with Bolton long ago, but wages have taken much longer.
Chelsea regard their £50,000-a-week opening offer as the way forward. With the pressure of complying with FFP, introduced from last summer, the club told Cahill that the days of them handing out contracts in the £90,000-plus-a-week category to anything other than the biggest stars are over.
Chelsea have allowed French winger Gael Kakuta to go on loan to French Ligue 1 club Dijon.
Daniel Sturridge is back in training after an injury that has kept him out of the last two games, while John Terry has said that he will be fit for Saturday's game against Sunderland, despite having hurt his knee in a collision with a goalpost.