Tim Cahill
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Cahill can handle the heat

AFTER spending the winter playing in chilly England, Socceroos star Tim Cahill says he is loving the warmth in the United Arab Emirates ahead of tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Oman.

And the Everton striker might get to enjoy a lot more Middle Eastern sunshine after being linked to UAE club Al Nasr in a one-season deal reported to be worth $4 million.

Speaking to reporters at Socceroos training in the Omani capital Muscat where the weather was a balmy 35 degrees, Cahill said he wanted to focus on Australia's qualifiers against Oman and Japan in Brisbane on Tuesday night and would answer questions about the move after those games.

The 32-year-old, who still has two years of his contract remaining at Everton, said every team in the group had to play in Oman at some point so no-one would be disadvantaged.

"The main thing is to get the most out of it. If you can play in this weather, you can play in anything," Cahill said. "Enjoy it, get a bit of a tan and hopefully get the right result."

The match will be Australia's first in the campaign for a place in Brazil 2014.

Oman has played once, losing 3-0 to Japan on Sunday, while Iraq and Jordan have played a 1-all draw.