Shock move Tim Cahill to Red Bulls
Tim Cahill (R) visited not so long ago along with Phil Neville one of David Beckham’s games in the MLS
NEW YORK, NY ● Tim Cahill’s eight-year career with Everton in the English Premier League has come to an end after the Merseyside club announced the Australia international would sign a two-year deal with the New York Red Bulls, where he will count former Arsenal and France international Thierry Henry and former Barcelona and Mexico international Rafael Marquez as teammates.
Cahill is on his way to the US, where he will undergo a medical before signing a lucrative deal believed to be worth as much as $1.5 million a season.
“Everton have agreed with Major League Soccer that Tim Cahill can be transferred to the New York Red Bulls,” the Everton statement read.
In opting to go to the US, Cahill is believed to have turned his back on a reported offer of $12m over three seasons from a club in Saudi Arabia.
The Australian joined the Merseysiders from Millwall in 2004 and has been described by managed David Moyes as one of his best ever signings.
He has scored 68 goals in 278 appearances for the club and will join former Premier League players Thierry Henry and Teemu Tainio in New York.
‘Everton have agreed with Major League Soccer (MLS) that Tim Cahill can be transferred to the New York Red Bulls,’ a statement on the Toffees website read.
‘Tim, 32, will move to the Red Bulls for a nominal fee, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
‘He will travel to the US in the next few days.’
On their site, the Red Bulls said: ‘We are aware of Everton’s statement regarding midfielder Tim Cahill and our club.
‘However, we have no comment at this time regarding him or any other non-New York player.’
Cahill’s departure is set to pave the way for South Africa international Steven Pienaar, who has had two spells at Everton already, to return to the club.
Rangers midfielder Steven Naismith has also joined the club this summer.
It is an off-season of change for the Blues as Joseph Yobo – who joined in 2002 as Moyes’ first Everton signing – is set to make a £2.5million to Fenerbahce.