Cahill quits Everton for New York

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Tim Cahill © Trinity Mirror

Tim Cahill has ended his Everton career after eight years with the club, as he has joined New York Red Bulls.

The fee, which according to BBC Sport is said to be in the region of £1m, is described as ‘nominal’ on the official Everton FC website.

Cahill, who came to Goodison Park in a £1.5m transfer from Millwall in 2004, has passed a medical and agreed terms with the MLS team, and he will relocate from Merseyside to Manhattan to play alongside Thierry Henry.

“I am very happy to start a new chapter of my career with the New York Red Bulls,” said Cahill. “I also want to thank everyone at Everton, from the club to tremendous supporters. It has been a privilege to be an Everton player for the past eight years and it was a very difficult decision to leave.”

The Australian international, aged 32, played 278 times for Everton and scored 68 goals, usually accompanied by his trademark celebration of boxing against the corner flag.

He was a popular and lively player in his time at Everton, and Blues fans will miss Cahill as they hope any funds received for the attacking midfielder will be used to strengthen the squad.

While that is far from certain, Everton may face further departures, with England international Leighton Baines among those rumoured to be a transfer target for other clubs.

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