Former Everton midfielder Cahill open to Premier League loan return

Former Everton star Tim Cahill could return to the Premier League this January on a loan deal, reports Team Talk.

The 33-year-old is looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup and believes a Premier League return could be an option in January in order to maintain his fitness. Cahill has been playing for New York Red Bulls since leaving Everton in the summer of 2012, but was close to signing for an English top-flight side last January.

In the last loan period, three or four clubs came in and one was really close to signing me,” Cahill said. “It was from the Premier League and it went all the way up to the wire. It was to stay fit.

I’m definitely going to get a lot of shouts again now and there will always be people knocking at the door. But I have to assess where my body’s going to be for the next World Cup for Australia and also my fitness leading in Brazil.

Cahill made over 220 appearances for Everton from 2004-2012, scoring 56 goals. The Australian international has made 64 appearances for his country, scoring 29 in the process.

Cahill established an Australia record during the 2010 World Cup, by scoring three goals. In the tournament He was also controversially sent off during the opening group game at the last World Cup.

With the Merseyside derby this weekend, Cahill is still the first Everton player since Dixie Dean in 1931 to score in three separate Merseyside derbies at Anfield.

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