Millwall are ready to ask the legendary midfielder Tim Cahill if he wants to re-join the club.
The Lions are hoping they can convince Cahill to join for the remainder of the season, if New York Red Bulls are prepared to make him available for loan.
Although, if he is allowed to leave on loan, it will be after the MLS season finishes. Meaning the loan couldn’t take place until December.
Millwall have confirmed they have put themselves into the mix to re-sign the 34-year-old.
Officials at Millwall have said Lions fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves and a deal for Cahill is a ‘long shot’ with two Premier League sides also looking for his signature. But could the chance for one more stint in a Lions shirt see the midfielder snub the Premier League?
CEO Andy Ambler told the Southwark News “We’d love to talk to Tim about that. If he turned around and said ‘thanks but no thanks’, we’d have to respect that but we would be mad not to ask the question. Every club would want someone of his quality at their club – but never say never.”
“We would love it to happen. We would love to talk to Tim and his representatives but we recognise there will be huge interest in him.”
The Den hosted a World Cup warm up match in March between Ecuador and Australia which saw Cahill grab a brace and become the Australian all-time top goal scorer.
Ambler added: “I saw that night how much Millwall means to Tim. It was clear he has the Millwall bug.”
“We realise he is over in America for now and that he will probably be looking to go to the Premier League if he does come back to England on loan. But if Tim’s reading this, hopefully he will give his mate Neil Harris a call!”
Lions boss Ian Holloway was quick to bring everything back down to Earth.
He said “I would sign Tim Cahill all day long, but I don’t want to lift our fans hopes’ only for them to be let down.”
“I wouldn’t want to put Tim in an awkward position where he would have to turn down Millwall – that wouldn’t be fair. We all know that he loves the club and he is a fantastic player.”
“If I had the chance to speak with Tim, I’d tell him that we’d love to have him back, but I would hate to make a legend choose someone else over us. It would be similar to the chat I had with Bobby Zamora – I would see if our needs and Tim’s needs married up.”
“Is it possible? Should we be doing it? That’s the kind of conversation it would be”
“Hopefully we can have a chat but in the meantime I want to make some of our young players as famous and legendary as Tim Cahill is”