New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill has a tentative deal in place to join Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates, according to a report from Ahmed Rizvi at state-owned Emirati newspaper The National. The deal cannot be finalized, however, until the end of the Asian Cup on Jan. 31.
Rizvi quotes an anonymous club source as saying Al Wahda was impressed with Cahill's performances last year in both the Asian and World Cups for Australia.
“Cahill’s performance at the Asian Cup and the World Cup last year has really caught the eye of the Wahda top management and we can say a tentative deal is in place,” the source said. “There is nothing formal yet though and we will have to wait until the end of the Asian Cup before a formal deal is signed.”
Cahill has been with the New York Red Bulls of MLS since the 2012 season. He has scored 14 goals and recorded 10 assists in 62 games with the club. He has one year remaining on his contract.
Prior to joining the Red Bulls Cahill played in England from 1998 to 2012, first with Millwall and later with Everton.
Cahill and Australia will face the UAE in the Asian Cup semifinals on Tuesday. The winner faces South Korea on Saturday.
- Jack Jorgensen