Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker looks set to complete Arsenal's second signing on transfer deadline day after agreeing terms in a deal believed to be around £10 million. The German looks set to follow Andre Santos – who completed his transfer from Fenerbahce on Wednesday – to the club, as manager Arsene Wenger brings in more experienced players to bolster his defence..
Mertesacker is a strong 6'6" defender and has 75 caps for Germany, adding a wealth of experience and knowledge at the highest level.
Cahill was reported to prefer a move to The Emirates but saw this option- break down on Tuesday when the Gunners refused to bid any more than the £11million they reportedly offered last week.
Spurs have upped their interest in Cahill but despite initially getting the green light from Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, we understand the two sides are yet to come close to an agreement.
Gartside seems to be holding firm and wants a straight cash deal of around £13million, but Tottenham are only prepared to pay around half that, and believe they can make up the difference by including at least one player.
Owen Coyle is in the market for a full-back on deadline day, and Spurs will hope to tempt him by offering centre-back Sébastien Bassong as a replacement for Cahill, as well as one of Vedran Ćorluka or Alan Hutton at a cut price.
With so many factors involved, the deal is set to go all the way down to tonight's 11pm deadline.
It's not as though Spurs haven't been busy, as they have been offloading David Bentley (West Ham) and Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios (both to Stoke).
You have to feel though that if Spurs do meet Bolton's asking price, the pressure of the deadline may well have helped Bolton get a better result than if the deal was done in the cold light of day.
If you look at the combined price Arsenal are paying for both Mertesacker and Santos, who have over 100 caps between them, you could well argue Arsenne Wenger has spent his money more wisley.