Tim Cahill is said to have a "tentative agreement" with Al-Wahda over a move to the Arabian Gulf League club.
Cahill, 32, endured a testing 2014 with the New York Red Bulls, scoring just twice in 23 regular-season appearances, as he struggled with injuries and the demands of juggling international football with his MLS commitments.
Speaking to Empire of Soccer on his future in November, the Australia international said: “Who knows, mate. You know. I’m going to have a little break with the kids. Chill out.
“I’m going to play in Asia Cup and try and do well for my country. I’ll talk with the club afterwards but I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been an unbelievable two and a half years."
Since helping the Socceroos to the semi-finals on home soil this month, Cahill's recent performances are understood to have impressed Wahda’s management, and a “tentative agreement” is now said to be in place for a deal after the tournament.
The prolific midfielder has in fact spoken of his interest in moving to the Arabian Gulf League in the past, with the National quoting him as declaring: “The Middle East is growing and it’s somewhere that I enjoy coming to a lot and in the future it’s where I could possibly be playing football.
“The UAE is such a fantastic country with great people and a great lifestyle as well. It’s something that’s really nice.”
With Cahill’s relationship with the Red Bulls growing noticeably strained over the course of 2014, a winter transfer to the A-League has been mooted for several months, amid hints from Melbourne City head coach John van't Schip that a deal could be in the works.
Wahda look to have since stolen a march on rival interest but, before he makes the potential switch to the UAE, the ex-Premier League veteran will aim to wreck the Gulf nation's Asian Cup dreams in Tuesday's semi-final.