Tim Cahill could parlay his Asian Cup surge into a move to the Middle East

Is Tim Cahill about to terrorize corner flags in the United Arab Emirates?

Reports from the Middle East claim the New York Red Bulls Designated Player is set to join Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi, with the deal likely to be completed after the Asian Cup ends on January 31.

Cahill’s long been a target by clubs in the UAE, a region he likes, and the move would put the 35-year-old far closer to his native Australia. He’d presumably still earn close to the $3.6 million he collects from the Red Bulls, because oil and gas money, and such.

And he can certainly still deliver:

Equally, the Red Bulls are clearly in a rebuilding, wound-licking and possibly cost-cutting mode, post-Henry, post-Petke and pre-NYCFC. And Cahill’s coming off a mediocre, World Cup-interrupted MLS regular season, with only two goals and two assists (he had 11 goals and five assists in 2013). He has a year left on his NY contract, but it’s been rumored for a while that he wants out.

If so, he’ll leave MLS as a star overshadowed by Henry. One who lived up to his reputation and salary only fitfully, but who will be remembered for his aerial prowess, the occasional spectacular goal and for wasting precisely no time in getting on the scoresheet against Houston in 2013:

But, cruelly, we’d be denied an aging ex-EPL midfielder face-off for the Pride of the Big Apple with Frank Lampard.