Southampton plotting winter move for Chelsea skipper

Premier League side Southampton are reportedly planning a winter approach for Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who has found first-team chances hard to come during the ongoing campaign.

Cahill, 32, ended the previous season on a high after featuring in the FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United and this earned him a spot with England for the World Cup where he featured in a single group game against Belgium.

Since his comeback, however, he has struggled to reclaim his starting spot with the Blues with Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz cementing the central defensive positions under the guidance of new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

According to The Mirror, the Saints are weighing up a winter move for the former Bolton Wanderers ace with Mark Hughes particularly concerned with the leaky defence the Saints have possessed this campaign.

The South Coast outfit have managed to keep just two clean sheets since the Premier League season started and Hughes has supposedly earmarked Cahill as someone who can provide the experience and calmness at the heart of the defence.

Earlier last month, Cahill highlighted that he could demand a potential move away from Stamford Bridge during the winter transfer window, should he continue to struggle for gametime.

However, in a surprise change of events, the central defender has recently suggested that he would like to win the Europa League with the Blues this term and that may potentially see him stay put for the season before leaving on a Bosman.

Cahill has yet to make a Premier League start for the Blues this term and his sole league appearance came against West Ham United where he lasted for under 30 minutes. His two starts this season have come in the Europa League and League Cup.

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