Date:Thursday July 5 2012
Back in May Tim Cahill had already been linked with a shock move to Saudi Arabia, then in June he was linked with clubs in China.
It was always one of those transfer rumours that you could never really decide if it could become a reality or if it was just paper talk.
Initially I'll admit I completely dismissed it.
Yes, players coming towards the end of their careers tend to make moves to clubs based solely on money, but was Cahill really at that point of his career?
Well the momentum continued and Cahill was linked with the Riyadh-based Al Nassr, Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad and then he was heavily linked with a move to China.
Now it seems Cahill has even held talks with Chinese Super League club Guizhou Renhe.
However Guizhou Renhe coach Gao Hongbo has stated that some technical problems have probably ended their hopes of signing him.
'The club actually had negotiations with Tim Cahill, but failed to reach an agreement,' Hongbo told reporters which has been picked up by Australian website sportal.com.au.
The media interest in the story rapidly gained pace after Cahill was spotted at a Chinese FA Cup match between Renhe and Guangdong Sunray Cave. But a foreign player quota might be one of the issues behind the deal collapsing.
He continued: 'There were some technical problems, so Mr Cahill visits Guizhou this time. We really hope he could be interested in Guiyang and our club.'
Australian defender Dino Djulbic already plays for Guizhou Renhe and is their registered Asian player.
Obviously not being an expert on Chinese football I have no idea if there is anyway around this for Cahill to complete the deal, or whether or not it means his options now sit elsewhere.
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Date:Thursday July 5 2012
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