Transfer window: Tim Cahill sparks transfer interest after ending his stay at the New York Red Bulls
Tim Cahill and the New York Red Bulls have reached a mutual decision to end the Australia forward's contract with the Major League Soccer club.
The 35-year-old moved to the United States in July 2012 after eight years at Everton, signing a contract which was due to run until the end of the 2015 season.
The Red Bulls announced Cahill's departure on Twitter on Monday evening - around six hours before the 11pm UK transfer deadline - before quoting the player as saying: "I've enjoyed every moment of my time at the Red Bulls and leave with great memories."
The announcement has sparked talk that the player could be on his way back to the Barclays Premier League, where he became a firm favourite during a Goodison Park stint which saw him turn out 278 times for David Moyes' Toffees.
Cahill is the Socceroos' all-time leading scorer with 39 goals in 82 appearances and helped his national team secure a maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 extra-time victory over South Korea in the final on Saturday.
The former Millwall man has also reportedly attracted interest from China, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and as a free agent does not face the time pressure to sign for anyone in England before the deadline passes at 11pm on Monday night.