Cahill set to swap Everton for the Big Apple
Tim Cahill is poised to complete a shock move to New York Red Bulls after Everton and Major League Soccer agreed a fee for the midfielder.
Cahill has been a revelation with the Toffees since joining them from Millwall in 2004, scoring 68 goals in 278 appearances, but is on the verge of exiting Merseyside to play in the United States.
A statement on the club's official website tonight said: "Everton have agreed with Major League Soccer (MLS) that Tim Cahill can be transferred to the New York Red Bulls.
"Tim, 32, will move to the Red Bulls for a nominal fee, subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical. He will travel to the US in the next few days.
The move would come as something of a surprise although Cahill's departure could pave the way for Steven Pienaar to re-sign for Everton, following a noteworthy loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur last season.
With attacking midfielder Steven Naismith also signing from Rangers during this close season, Cahill may seek new pastures to guarantee himself first-team action.
He would join fellow Premier League alumni Thierry Henry and Teemu Tainio in New York, while former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez also plies his trade at the Red Bull Arena.
Cahill, who has scored 24 goals in 55 appearances for Australia, would also come up against former team-mate Landon Donovan, who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy but has had two loan spells with David Moyes' men.