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Guizhou Renhe have admitted they are keen on Tim Cahill but insist his recent visit to the club was not about a potential move to China.
The Everton midfielder was a special guest at Guizhou's Chinese FA Cup match on Wednesday and rumours suggested the 33 year-old was on the verge of agreeing a big-money move to the Guiyang side.
Whilst Guizhou are still keen on Cahill, club coach Gao Hongbo confirmed that the Australian veteran was only there for an informal visit and talks about a possible transfer had previously broken down.
"We did have negotiations with Tim Cahill but we couldn't reach an agreement with him," he said.
"There were a couple of issues so we invited him to the club. We hope he enjoys his time here and that he will look favourably at our club."
Cahill, who has been with Everton since 2004, has previously admitted that he would consider moving to the Middle East or China if the right offer came around.