Millwall boss Neil Harris gave little away as to whether a Tim Cahill return to the Den was close.

The former Lions midfielder, who played for the club for six years before moving to Everton, has long been rumoured with a return to south east London.

Cahill, now 38, has left Melbourne City in Australia and currently eyes a plane ticket with the national squad to this year’s World Cup in Russia.

Neil Harris told News Shopper: “Timmy is a friend of mine. Played a lot of games with him, known him for a long time. Timmy wants to come back and play in England, for the summer, to the World Cup [Russia] and give himself an opportunity to get to the World Cup.

“I’ve had discussions about him coming back and those discussions are continuing and we’ll have to see where it takes us.

When asked how close a deal was, Harris added: “No further comment.”

Millwall relied on a late equaliser from midfielder Ben Thompson to escape a shock exit from the FA Cup against relegation-struggling Rochdale.

Fred Onyedinma won a penalty which was later converted by Jed Wallace, before Dale captain Ian Henderson scored an equaliser past the half hour mark.

Thompson, as well as defender Tony Craig, has also been linked with a move away from the club this transfer window, but showed what he could bring with a late run into the box to smash home the equaliser.

Harris was asked about any outgoing players before the window shuts.

He said: “No, ideally no one goes. I may possibly let one player out but that will be down to the player to go because he wants to play football. But if somebody goes out then you have to replace them.”