Absent from the Premier League after moving to North America during the summer, reports today suggest that former Football Transfer Tavern favourite Tim Cahill could be heading back to England on-loan with Sunderland.
Sky Sports understand that the New York Red Bulls star is in talks with the Stadium of Light club to bring the 33-year-old back to these shores on a short-term basis until the MLS season restarts in March.
The Australian international, who spent a memorable eight years with Everton after signing from Millwall in 2004, featured 14 times for the New York-based side scoring just the once as they finished the MLS season in third place in the Eastern Conference.
The MLS season finished in November and the precedent for short-term deals to the Premier League has already been set after moves by Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry last year.
Martin O’Neill is keen to add reinforcements to his struggling side, who despite a recent improvement in form, are still only five points off the drop zone and the attacking midfielder could be a valuable addition to the cause.