Tim Cahill pondering loan deals

New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill says he is open to a loan move to the Premier League or Australia’s A-League in order to keep his fitness up ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Cahill, 33, saw his MLS season come to an abrupt end as New York were edged out by Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference semifinals earlier this month.

The Australia international believes a loan move to England or his homeland may be necessary to extend his campaign, but will assess the options as they roll in, as he has done in the past.

"In the last loan period, three or four clubs came in and one was really close to signing me," Cahill told The Sun.

"It was from the Premier League and it went all the way up to the wire. It was to stay fit.

"I’m definitely going to get a lot of shouts again now and there will always be people knocking at the door.

"But I have to assess where my body’s going to be for the next World Cup for Australia and also my fitness leading in Brazil."

The former Everton forward also believes another wave of high-quality players in Europe will view MLS as a viable career option in the near future, following the relatively recent arrivals of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Obafemi Martins.

"It will happen pretty soon," Cahill stated. "Top players always want to play at the top of their game but I feel America has a different lifestyle.

"I lived in England for 15 years and I’ve been lucky enough to play for the national team and to play in the Middle East and Asia and have the experience of European football.

"But all the best teams in the world go to America to play for their warm-up games and every year you hear the whispers of big players moving.

"They love it. Whether or not they’re going to take the leap -- it might be five years."