Tim Cahill could be set for a shock return to the English Premier League according to reports Friday.

After an impressive 2014 World Cup, in which he reminded the world of his talents with a thunderous volley against the Netherlands, the Evening Standard is reporting that both Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland are interesting in bringing Cahill back to England from his current club, New York Red Bulls.

Early career

Tim Cahill enjoyed several successful years in England prior to his move to MLS in 2011, with the Australian attacker becoming a firm fan's favorite during spells at Millwall, and then Everton.

The diminutive Aussie made a name for himself for his ability to score crucial goals whilst playing at Goodison Park - racking up 56 goals in over 200 appearances for Everton - and has continued where he left off since landing with the Red Bulls.

In 2013, his first full season with the MLS franchise, the now 34-year-old managed an impressive 11 goals in just 27 appearances. 

It is his form during Australia's World Cup campaign in Brazil however which is likely to have drawn the recent interest from Harry Redknapp and Gus Poyet respectively.

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Premier League interest

Queens Park Rangers have been busy in the transfer market in recent days as they look to add to their squad ahead of their return to the top flight this season.

Harry Redknapp's side announced the signing of former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Thursday and the addition of another proven Premier League performer in Cahill would do much to ease R's fan's relegation worries.

MLS attracting interest

Sunderland meanwhile are clearly keeping a close eye on Major League Soccer in the close season. Recent reports have seen the Black Cats linked to USMNT star defender Matt Besler who currently plays for Cahill's MLS rivals Sporting Kansas City.

ITV Sports are also reporting that several other Premier League clubs, as well as a host of teams across Europe are keeping tabs on Tim Cahill. With the player contracted to New York Red Bulls until 2015 it remains to be seen whether the MLS team are willing to play ball.

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