#1 Jared Veldheer Jersey von gsnoopy520 12.10.2018 07:25

Despite the Premier League transfer window finally closing Devon Kennard Jersey , the biggest transfer news had nothing to do with English clubs.

It could have done, if Tim Cahill had decided upon a return to Everton. They made overtures to sign him, but he was not going back to the Premier League. It could have involved a Spanish club, if the Australian had decided to link up with his former Toffees boss David Moyes at Real Sociedad. But it was also a no to the Primera Liga.

No, Cahill announced to the world that the next step on his storied career path, following the mutual termination of his New York Red Bulls contract Jonathan Casillas Jersey , would be Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League (CSL).

Cahill leaving New York was not unexpected, as the MLS side have undergone something of an exodus in the MLS close season, but his next destination was. It's a move that has been eyed with suspicion overseas but will be welcomed in China.

Cahill is well known to Chinese fans for his years in the Premier League with Everton, from last summer's World Cup and most recently from scoring a brace for Australia to knock China out of last month's Asia Cup.

Shenhua's last experiment with truly big-name signings may have ended in disaster but things have changed since Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka jetted back to Europe.

Off the pitch, Shenhua have sorted their act out. Controversial former chief shareholder Zhu Jun had his stake bought out by the Greenland Group. On the pitch, they come off another disappointing CSL season and will look to Cahill to lead them higher than last season's ninth place.

There is no reason to expect that he won't. The fact that he hasn't played in Australia since he was a teenager means he won't be getting homesick and the years spent playing for Millwall will have prepared him for the CSL at its worst. Most importantly Brad Wing Jersey , as his goals that broke millions of Chinese hearts proved, Cahill still has it.

What bodes even better is that the 35-year-old stated his reasons for coming extend beyond the payday. He referred to China as "a growing market" and said that he is "at an age where I want to give something back to football."

Fingers crossed that the CSL has just found its own Stephon Marbury - a player that loves the Chinese game as much as it loves him. Either way, Chinese soccer fans can look forward to seeing some corner flags being punched in the near future.

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