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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has been linked with a move to Championship side Aston Villa but face competition from Watford, according to reports.
The ex-England international has failed to make Maurizio Sarri’s starting XI in the Blues’ opening five games this season.
A number of clubs have made their interest known in the 32-year-old with a move away from Stamford Bridge is likely
Cahill, who has scored 25 goals in 282 games overall for The Blues following his arrival from Bolton Wanderers back in January 2012, was included in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad for the very first time this campaign on Thursday during Chelsea’s 1-0 UEFA Europa League victory at PAOK Salonika.
The former Bolton center-half is in the final year of his contract and will be available for free next summer, which would favour Villa’s financial predicament.
Premier League side Watford are also looking to sign the hugely experienced defender at the expense of defensive duo Miguel Britos and Younes Kaboul, who are out of contract at the end of the season.
French Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Bordeaux are also monitoring the Englishman as well as La Liga side Sevilla.