Owen Coyle wants any clubs interested in signing Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill in January to make bids early in the transfer window.
Cahill is out of contract at the end of the season and recently admitted that he is unsure regarding his long-term future at the Reebok Stadium.
He was the subject of a 'derisory' bid from Arsenal during the summer, while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with £7million offers in the New Year.
Trotters boss Coyle is braced for further interest in the England international and has called on the centre-half's suitors not to wait until the end of the window before launching a raid for Cahill.
"If something comes in then I think for Gary and for everybody it is going to be better sooner rather than later," said Coyle.
"We all know the further you get into the window, the more it is fraught with danger."
Coyle is confident Cahill will remain focused during the continued speculation about his future as Bolton look to move away from trouble at the bottom end of the Premier League table.
He added: "You could have a gut feeling and get it totally wrong but whatever happens in January we will deal with it accordingly.
"Until then we have to make sure Gary's playing at the top of his game. And if he is then he'll show everybody, as we already know, how good he is.
"I would imagine then, if he is performing out of his skin, there will be a clamour of clubs for him because of the situation.
"Between now and then, he has to be focused and doing his job to the best of his abilities, as he always has done, both for himself and his international aspirations, and the team.
"Gary is a top player. If there are people who might be interested come January, so be it."