Cahill in talks to play for Melbourne
STRIKER Tim Cahill has agreed a deal in principle with Melbourne City FC and will end his stay at Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown, Australian media reports said yesterday.
David Gallop, chief executive of the Football Federation of Australia (FFA), said negotiations were under way with the former Everton forward, who is likely to feature as a guest player for Melbourne.
"All I can say at the moment is we're having positive talks, ongoing with Tim," Gallop was quoted as saying on the A-League website yesterday.
"I met with his manager yesterday and spoke to Tim last night. It's not appropriate to say more than there are positive talks ongoing.
"And I've said before, we'd love to have Tim playing in the A-League, I believe it's the right time in his career."
Newly appointed head of the Australian League, Greg O'Rourke, said the 36-year-old's return to his native land would help grow the sport in the country.
"If you're bringing back the Tim Cahills of the world, they can really make a difference in the marketing of this league," he added.
Cahill, who signed for Hangzhou in February, had been offered a contract extension until 2018 by the Chinese club but had turned down the offer, according to reports.