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Signing Cahill from Chelsea would finally give Fulham their new Hangeland

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Signing Cahill from Chelsea would finally give Fulham their new Hangeland

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has reportedly had a tour of local rivals Fulham’s training ground ahead of a move to Craven Cottage.

Experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is edging ever closer to a move to west London rivals Fulham, according to Love Sport.

They claim that Cahill has had a tour of the Whites’ Motspur Park training ground and looks set to make the short swap to Craven Cottage.

It remains to be seen whether Cahill is available on a loan basis, or on a free transfer; which would be more convenient for Fulham as they already have two temporary signings from the Premier League – Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah – on their books this season.

 

But if Claudio Ranieri can get the Cahill deal over the line – in whatever format – he will be bringing towering presence and leader at the back into the club, the kind Fulham have lacked since the departure of Brede Hangeland.

Brede Hangeland (#5) of Fulham rises above Gary Cahill (L) (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Before leaving for Crystal Palace in 2014, Hangeland was adored by the Craven Cottage faithful for his defensive diligence; he was not the most gifted player, but he put his head in where it hurt and knew how to organise a defence.

Cahill is the same; Ranieri currently has plenty of younger, athletic defenders but not someone who defends for his life and can be a leader at the back and that’s exactly what he needs.

Otherwise, the Whites look set for an instant return to the Championship.

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