According to betting website BetVictor, Millwall are heavy odds-on favourites to land former Lion and 103-cap Socceroo Tim Cahill.
The Australian superstar left Australian football at the start of July 1997 to ply his trade in the English leagues with Millwall. He played in 96 games for the Lions, scoring 26 goals and providing two assists. His form for the Londoners brought about a £2 million transfer to Premier League Everton at the opening of the July 2004 transfer window.
Cahill featured 271 for the Toffees and scored 66 goals and provided 29 assists before a move to the MLS with the New York Red Bulls. Further moves saw Cahill arrive in China to feature for Zhejiang Greentown 17 games/four goals) and Shanghai Greenland Shenua (34 games/12 goals/five assists).
Since leaving last club Melbourne City (27 games/11 goals/four assists) on December 5, Cahill has been on the free agent market. Obviously the connections with Millwall are going to be both made and continue to be made until his situation is resolved. Likely based on these links, BetVictor have Millwall installed as 1/5 on favourites as the next, and final, destination in Tim Cahill’s football journey.
It’s not something that sits comfortably with Millwall boss Neil Harris, whose side beat Leeds United 4-3 in a ding-dong of a thriller at Elland Road yesterday. Quoted in the South London Press and Mercury, Harris said of the links to the Aussie superstar, “What his next stage is in football – and whether that involves Millwall – is a million miles away. It is a natural link – but that’s as far as it’s gone at the moment.”
Odds of teams chasing free agent Tim Cahill
- Millwall: 1/5
- Shanghai Shenhua: 10/1
- Hangzhou Greentown: 10/1
- Melbourne victory: 10/1
- Karabukspor: 12/1
- Adelaide United: 20/1