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Two offers but Cahill is Melb City-bound

  • Two offers but Cahill is Melb City-bound

    Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a disallowed goal against Greece in their international football friendly match played in Sydney on June 4, 2016 / AFP / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Tim Cahill appears close to joining the A-League, with reports he's agreed in principle to sign with Melbourne City and news that FFA boss David Gallop met with his management this week.

The veteran Socceroos striker has been strongly linked with City for months amid speculation about his future as he nears the end of his contract with Chinese side Huangzhou Greentown.

FFA has pulled out all the stops to get Australia's most marketable face to the competition.

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With a new guest player role now tailor-made to fit Cahill outside City's salary cap and existing marquee spots, things are moving fast.

Cahill has reportedly knocked back a contract extension with Hangzhou that would have taken him through to the end of 2018.

In a further development, Gallop revealed on Thursday he had met with the 37-year-old's management on Wednesday and spoken to the player himself that night.

It lends credibility to reports that a framework has been drawn up and is now awaiting consent from the governing body to contribute to the deal from its targeted marquee player fund.

It's been reported the contract could be worth up to $4 million a season.

"Positive talks (are) ongoing with Tim," Gallop said.

"I met with his manager yesterday, I spoke to Tim last night.

"It's not appropriate to say more than positive talks are ongoing.

"I've said before we'd love to have Tim playing in the A-League, I believe it's the right time in his career."

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