Report: Ex-Everton favourite Tim Cahill considering shock Premier League return

Tim Cahill's starring Asian Cup performances are reported to have prompted Premier League clubs to come calling.

Former Everton star Tim Cahill is mulling over a shock Premier League return, according to Fox Sports Australia.

Cahill, 35, 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 club commitments.

With his MLS future now up in the air, Red Bulls head coach Jesse March told earlier this month: “There’s been some dialogue in terms of potentially what the future could look like, but I don’t think there has been a concrete agreement as to what the future will hold.

“There’s been some good dialogue, Tim’s been nothing but professional, so I think everybody is open-minded and pursuing the best-case scenario for both parts.”

Despite his lacklustre MLS season, in which he was dropped from the line-up for the final stretch, Cahill’s recent performances in leading Australia to the Asian Cup title are said to have attracted interest from a number of clubs worldwide.

Abu Dhabi-based newspaper the National reported last week that the Socceroos skipper has a lucrative offer on the table from Arabian Gulf League side Al-Wahda, while a Chinese Super League outfit are also pursuing his signature, per SBS.

A move back to England is also understood to be among his options, although the fact the transfer windows in both the UAE and China won’t close until later this month gives the obvious advantage to the other reported chasers.

Cahill still has another season left on his Red Bulls contract, but the club could be willing to negotiate his release in order to free up some cap space ahead of the 2015 campaign.

The ex-Goodison Park favourite might not have set MLS alight last season, but his performances for Australia at both the World Cup and the Asian Cup have proved he can still deliver on the big stage – something which just might have convinced relegation-threatened Premier League sides to take a punt on his experience.

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