Cahill becomes a Red Bull
Tim Cahill has ended his eight-year association with Everton by signing for Major League Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls.
The Australian international was heavily linked with a move to Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe after he was spotted at the club's FA Cup match in July but has joined the American side for a fee believed to be one million pounds, pending an international clearance.
Cahill becomes the third designated player in New York alongside captain Thierry Henry and former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez and links up with Hans Backe's men atop of the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls are still searching for their first MLS title and the 32-year-old is keen to end that drought.
"I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls," he told the club's official website.
"As we have seen over the past few years, MLS has developed into a very competitive league with many talented players.
"I am impressed with what the Red Bulls are trying to accomplish in MLS and within American soccer and I am looking forward to this new challenge. I will do everything I can to help bring New York its first MLS Cup."
Cahill made the move to Goodison Park from Millwall before the start of the 2004/05 season for 1.5 million pounds, having made 217 appearances for the London club including 2004's FA Cup final against Manchester United.
In his first season under David Moyes he was Everton's top goal scorer and was Player of the Season and Player's Player of the Season.
While in 2006 he was one of 50 nominees for the prestigious Ballon D'Or award, becoming the first Everton player to be nominated in 18 years.
But he could only manage three goals during last season's campaign and leaves Goodison Park having played a total of 226 English Premier League games for Everton.
"I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to tremendous supporters," the 2009 FA Cup runner-up said.
"It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave."
His decision to swap England for the United States was met by great enthusiasm by New York Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler.
"We are absolutely thrilled to bring in a player of Tim's calibre," he said.
"He is the technical, physical presence we have been looking to add in our team and he brings a wealth of experience to our club having played in some of the highest levels of international soccer.
"Tim is a proven leader both on and off the field and we believe that he can help us immediately in our quest to win the MLS Cup this season."