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Cahill 'considering Middle East move'

June 6, 2012
By ESPN staff

The Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is reported to be considering a move to the Middle East.

Tim Cahill
PA PhotosTim Cahill left Everton after eight years at the club

Cahill, 32, is understood to have turned down a multi-million pound offer from an unnamed club in Saudi Arabia.

The Australian international has two years remaining on his Everton contract and has been linked with a move to Al Nassr, based in Riyadh. But he is also thought to be a target for other clubs in the region.

He said: "All these elements of speculation will be dealt with after [Australia's international training] camp. It is always a compliment. I am a massive fan of the Middle East, the cultures, the people.

"I have played in two Asia Cups and I have got great connections with a lot of important people overseas. I come on holiday in the Middle East a lot, and I embrace the weather and the culture."

Cahill joined Everton in 2004 and has made 278 appearances for the club, scoring 68 goals. He is understood to be weighing up his options.

Everton, who want to re-sign Steven Pienaar from Tottenham, would be likely to cash in on Cahill should they receive an acceptable offer.

The midfielder is currently on international duty with Australia in Oman, where the Socceroos begin their final phase of qualifying for the World Cup on Friday. They will then host Japan in Brisbane on Tuesday.