Tim Cahill is hinting strongly that he wants to return to Everton on loan in January when New York Red Bulls’ MLS season finishes.
The Australian left Goodison Park in the summer after eight years with the Toffees but he says he is already missing his old club.
“I’ve been watching a lot of the games in the Premier League and I know I’ve got a lot more to offer, and the best thing is I get to enjoy the MLS but also the chance of joining back up in the best league in the world,” Cahill said in a Sky Sports News interview.
“There’s no shadow of a doubt that I’m definitely eager to come back on loan.”
Cahill whose five goals against Liverpool make him Everton’s most decisive post-war player in the Merseyside derby says that he misses playing the red half of the city.
“One of the biggest thing I miss is the derby, two great teams in one city and I feel that when I watch it it gives me goosebumps.
“If Everton’s an option, the hopefully something can be done and if not then I’m definitely eager to play football anywhere.
“I don’t think you’d find as many loyal people as myself in football in what I’ve done in my career. It’s always simple that it would be nice, but it’s not down to me.”
David Moyes said earlier in the month that it is unlikely funds will be available in January to buy but he may have to look at loan options as he is wary of the short numbers in his squad going into the new year, something Cahill touched on in his interview.
“I’m so happy for Everton, and no more for the chairman for what he’s done and they’re getting the rewards now but it’s going to be a difficult Christmas period now, which is always hard for any club and obviously [an Everton loan] is something that would be great and if it isn’t I just want to play football.”
Cahill’s departure from Merseyside marked somewhat of a watershed for Everton, as they have developed a more robust formation and creative side than the one built largely around Cahill as an unorthodox midfielder-cum-striker.
The Aussie is still a firm fan favourite at Everton where he is considered one of their Premier League greats.