Guizhou Renhe keen on Everton midfielder Cahill after China visit

The Australian attacker was spotted in the stands at a Chinese FA Cup game on Wednesday, however the Super League club have insisted he was only a guest
Guizhou Renhe coach Gao Hongbo admits he wishes his club could sign Tim Cahill after the Everton midfielder was spotted at the Guiyang side's 2-0 win over Guangdong Sunray Cave on Wednesday.

The club confirmed the 33-year-old was simply a special guest at the Chinese FA Cup game and not in negotiations about a move.

Cahill endured a difficult 2011-12 season with the Toffees, scoring just three goals, prompting talk of him leaving the club.

The Australian's presence in China was a hot topic of conversation after the game, with speculation rife regarding a potential transfer after he was linked with Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad recently.

"I hope he could be interested in our club, and we wish we could find him in the pitch next year," Gao lightheartedly said before clarifying Cahill was only visiting.

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However, former China national team boss Gao revealed Guizhou Renhe had previously contacted Cahill regarding a possible move to the club.

"The club actually had negotiations with Tim Cahill, but failed to reach an agreement," he told reporters.

"There were some technical problems, so Mr Cahill visits Guizhou this time. We really hope he could be interested in Guiyang and our club."

Guizhou Renhe currently have their full five-man foreign quota, with Australian defender Dino Djulbic counting as their Asian player.

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