Norwich, Bournemouth, Rangers chase former Chelsea captain

Gary Cahill is reportedly poised to return to football as Norwich, Bournemouth and Rangers are in the hunt for the experienced defender.

The former Chelsea captain was released by Premier League side Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

He spent two seasons at Selhurst Park but was part of the major clearout over the summer as 22 players were released – with defenders Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi among those signed by new boss Patrick Vieira.

However, according to The Sun, Bournemouth boss Scott Parker is making a bold bid to sign Cahill on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old could get the deal he wants from the Cherries although Norwich could offer Premier League football.

The centre-half was also wanted by Rangers.

But their failure to make the Champions League means they have less cash to offer him.

If he signs, it may see Steve Cook, 30, leave the Vitality.

He made 47 appearances for the Eagles, chipping in with one goal.