MILLWALL will ask Tim Cahill if he wants to make a sensational return to the club.
The Lions hope to convince the legendary midfielder to come back to The Den if he is made available for loan by the New York Red Bulls later this year.
Cahill is being tipped to make a short-term switch to England after the Major League Soccer season finishes in December.
And Millwall have confirmed they will "put themselves in the frame" to re-sign the 34-year-old, who began his career in SE16 and scored 52 goals in six years at the club.
But Den bosses have warned fans that a deal for Cahill is a long-shot – with Premier League sides QPR and Sunderland already reported to have shown interest in him.
However, it is hoped the Australian's affection for Millwall could see him snub a move to the top flight for one more stint in a Lions shirt.
Chief executive Andy Ambler told the Southwark News: "We'd love to talk to Tim about that.
"If he turned around and said 'thanks but no thanks', we'd have to respect that but we would be mad not to ask the question.
"Every club would want someone of his quality at their club – but never say never. We would love it to happen.
"We would love to talk to Tim and his representatives but we recognise there will be huge interest in him."
In March, The Den hosted an international friendly between Australia and Ecuador in which Cahill bagged a brace to become the Socceroos' all-time leading scorer.
Ambler added: "I saw that night how much Millwall means to Tim. It was clear he has the Millwall bug.
"We realise he is over in America for now and that he will probably be looking to go to the Premier League if he does come back to England on loan.
"But if Tim's reading this, hopefully he will give his mate Neil Harris a call!"
Manager Ian Holloway was eager to temper supporters' expectations when asked about a possible return for Cahill.
The Sydney-born star scored a phenomenal goal against Holland in this summer's World Cup so will not be short of offers.
Holloway said: "I would sign Tim Call all day long but I don't want to lift our fans' hopes only for them to be let down.
"I wouldn't want to put Tim in an awkward position where he would have to turn down Millwall – that wouldn't be fair.
"We all know he loves the club and that he's a fantastic player.
"If I had a chance to speak with Tim, I'd tell him that we'd love to have him back but I would hate to make a legend choose someone else over us.
"It would be similar to the chat I had with Bobby Zamora – I would see if our needs and Tim's needs married up.
"Is it possible? Should we be doing it? That's the kind of conversation it would be.
"Hopefully we can have a chat but in the meantime I want to make some of our young players as famous and legendary as Tim Cahill is."