If reports are to be believed, Australian football (soccer) great Tim Cahill is in advanced talks with Jamshedpur FC to play in the Indian Super League for the 2018-19 season.
The 38-year-old, who has played for Everton, Milwall and Melbourne Coty, announced his retirement from international football in July post one appearance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Cahill ruled out the possibility of an A-League return saying he intended to live in America, prompting speculation the striker was looking to move back to Major League Soccer.
However with no offers under his belt, Tim Cahill could well be looking fpr a stint in India to keep his playing career alive.
Sports website Khel Now is now reporting Cahill’s potential move to the “cash-rich” ISL, which boasts players of the calibre of Dimitar Berbatov (ex-Tottenham) and Wes Brown (Manchester United).
“He has been on our radar for quite some time and we have been negotiating the move for quite a few weeks,” the site reported a source close to developments as saying.
Cahill, who is Australia’s leading international goalscorer, retired from the Socceroos with 50 goals in 107 caps.
A move to Jamshedpur FC could provide a much-needed boost to the club, which scored the ISL’s second lowest amount of goals in the 2017-18 season.
Cahill, a former Premier League player, spent time at Melbourne City and with English second-tier outfit Millwall in the lead up to the World Cup in Russia.
However, he was used only as a substitute in Australia’s final group match against Peru by interim coach Bert van Marwijk.
The ISL has been surprising us with unexpected names from the world of football and if Cahill actually turns up for Jamshedpur, it will surely gain a wealth of popularity among the Aussie audience.
There has been no confirmation, perhaps the talks are still going on but there’s no denying the fact that so far neither someone from Cahill’s nor Jamshadpur have come forward and busted the rumour (if it is).