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TIM CAHILL wants to return to Everton on loan in January.
Cahill left Goodison Park in the summer after eight years to join New York Red Bulls, but is hoping to strike a similar arrangement to the one that has seen Landon Donovan move from the MLS to Merseyside in recent seasons.
Cahill, 33 next month, said: "I know I have a lot more to offer. The main thing is that I get to enjoy MLS but I also get the chance of joining back up with the Premier League and playing in the best league in the world. There is no shadow of a doubt, I am eager to come back. Hopefully something can be done [with Everton]. But I have to respect that sometimes the ship has sailed."
Darron Gibson took an important step back to fitness after playing for Everton reserves in a 0-0 stalemate with Reading.
Ross Barkley has returned to Goodison Park following a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
EVERTON FC have welcomed back Ross Barkley to their first team fold - after his successful loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday came to an end.
Now David Moyes is hoping the midfielder can have the same impact that Leon Osman did after returning from spells with Carlisle and Derby.
The 18-year-old moved to Hillsborough on an initial one-month deal that was later extended by another four weeks.
But after 12 starts, one substitute appearance and four goals to his name, Barkley returns to an Everton squad stretched by injuries to captain Phil Neville, Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe, Tony Hibert and a one-match ban for Marouane Fellaini.
"We were happy for Ross to go out there and play the games on loan. I think it's been good for him," said Moyes.
"He's been playing in big games. We've had him watched in all the games and I've watched him personally play in two games live against Leeds United and Blackburn.
"For the first three or four games it took him a little bit of time to settle, but he has then made a bigger impression.
"Ross has done great. He is a young boy, 18, and those games in the Championship will bode well for us and for him. It's not unlike when we put Leon Osman out on loan. I wouldn't say it's an exact similarity, but we put Ross out to try and get him ready for Premier League action."
Barkley's stay with Wednesday came to an end after Saturday's defeat to Nottingham Forest.
He will bolster David Moyes' midfield options, along with Darron Gibson who made his first appearance since early September for the under-21s on Sunday.
"He's come through the game unscathed so that's a plus point and it's good for him that he's come through it and it's a step in the right direction for his recovery," said coach Alan Stubbs.
"It's important give or take Phil's news. It was important to get Darron back and give the manager another selection dilemma.
"It makes it more important now that Phil has had the operation but it's just good to get Darron back playing again."
Tim Cahill is desperate for an Everton return - just a few months after packing his boots and heading across the pond.
The Aussie midfielder left Goodison Park after nine successful years in the summer to start a new career with MLS team New York Red Bulls.
And the 32-year-old is enjoying his new challenge, but admits he still has a soft spot for the Blues and would love to return on loan at the end of the American season.
Everton have twice taken US star Landon Donovan in January on temporary spells from David Beckham's club LA Galaxy.
And Cahill wants to do the same at the turn of the year.
He said: "With my move, the main thing is that I get to enjoy the MLS, but I also get the chance of going back to the Premier League and playing in the best league in the world.
"I am eager to come back and, hopefully, something can be done with Everton.
"It would be nice, but it is not down to me.
"I have to respect that sometimes the ship has sailed, but I know I have a lot more to offer."
Toffees boss David Moyes has cut short exciting teenage star Ross Barkley's loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.
With skipper Phil Neville ruled out for two months with a knee injury and Marouane Fellaini suspended this weekend, the Scotsman is desperately short on numbers.
Barkley scored four goals in 13 games for the Owls, and Moyes said: "Ross has done great. He is just 18, and those Championship games will bode well for us and for him.
"It's like when we put Leon Osman out on loan at Derby - we're getting Ross ready for Premier League action."