Cahill faces decision after Fulham agree deal

Fulham are keen to sign Gary Cahill. [Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire]

Chelsea and Fulham have agreed a deal for Gary Cahill to move to Craven Cottage – but Claudio Ranieri has suggested the defender might be reluctant to join the Whites’ fight for Premier League survival.

Cahill, 33, is expected to leave Chelsea, where he has become a bit-part player under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Several clubs, including Arsenal, have been tipped to move for him during this month’s transfer window and have not done so.

West London Sport revealed, though, that Fulham were interested in the former England centre-back.

Fulham have now reached an agreement with their neighbours to sign Cahill on a deal until the end of the season.

But Cahill, who is in the final year of his Blues contract, must decide whether he wants to leave Stamford Bridge for a relegation battle.

And Fulham manager Ranieri admitted: “Gary is a very important player and for us it would be fantastic, but I don’t know if he wants to come and fight with us.”