After being linked with big names ranging from Kaka to Michael Ballack, the New York Red Bulls have finally decided on a third Designated Player, bidding for Tim Cahill from Everton. Everton accepted the offer as confirmed on its official website.
The two sides negotiated a transfer that will see Cahill likely join New York for 1 million pounds. The Red Bulls have made no secret of their desire to acquire an attacking midfielder and made inquiries about several players before deciding on Cahill.
Erik Soler admitted prior to the Red Bulls home opener that the club was open to purchasing a player from another club. It is thought that Everton wanted to rid itself of Cahill's contract, especially in light of the team's recent financial struggles. With Cahill's goalscoring totals dwindling each season (he scored two league goals last term), the Toffees were willing to sell the popular midfielder for a bargain price.
Known for his athleticism, Cahill is famous for headed goals. In his eight seasons with Everton, the Australian international scored 56 goals in 226 appearances. The Red Bulls have yet to announce the move, with a club spokesperson telling Goal.com "no comment."
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