Everton have revealed Tim Cahill is close to signing a new long-term deal at Goodison Park.
Cahill still has two years to run on his current contract but the Toffees are hoping to tie him down to an extension that could see him end his career on Merseyside.
The Australia international has established himself as a big fans' favourite since arriving in a bargain £1.5million deal from Millwall in 2004.
Everton chief executive Robert Elstone is hopeful of securing Cahill on a new deal before he joins up with Australia for the World Cup.
"We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with Tim and his representatives and we would be hopeful of concluding an extension to Tim's current deal and put pen to paper on a new four-year contract before he departs for the World Cup," Elstone told the club's official website.
Keeping Cahill would come as a massive boost to Everton boss David Moyes as he looks to secure a number of their top stars at the club.