By Wayne Veysey

Leeds United have been offered the chance to ambush Aston Villa and sign Gary Cahill this summer, Football Insider understands.

It emerged last week that Villa have held talks with Cahill after he became available as a free agent following his release from Chelsea at the end of June.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club have been offered Cahill through intermediaries as the 61-cap England international looks to resurrect his career.

The 33-year-old is seeking the minimum of a two-year contract and a regular playing role after making just eight appearances in his final season at Chelsea.

Leeds are likely to be in the market for a proven centre-back after selling Pontus Jansson to Brentford yesterday for £5.5million plus add-ons.

Cahill won his eighth major trophy at the Blues when he lifted the Europa League in May but he was stuck on the fringes and wants to end his playing career as a key performer.

A move to his former club Villa is still on the cards, but it is not at at advanced stage and that has opened the door for rival Premier League clubs as well as those expected to be at the top of next season’s Championship.

Cahill is open to dropping down a division rather than being on the sidelines at a top-flight team, which could be his fate at Villa after they signed Tyrone Mings in a deal worth a potential £26million yesterday.

Cahill brought down the curtain on his time at Chelsea after accumulating 290 appearances for the club in seven-and-a-half years.

The former Villa, Burnley and Sheffield United defender was barely involved in the second half of last season and spoke of his frustration at being a bit-part figure under Maurizio Sarri.

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