Spartak Moscow’s McGeady is on his way back to Britain.
Spartak Moscow forward Aiden McGeady is a £4m target for Everton as the Irishman enters the last 12 months of his current deal in Russia, reports the Scotsman.
New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is able to sign the 27-year-old on a cut-price deal from the side he joined Celtic from three years ago for £9.5m.
Martinez has been a long-term admirer of the winger and came agonisingly close to securing the Ireland international’s signature whilst at Wigan Athletic in January.
However, a £5m deal agreed six months ago collapsed at the last minute – which may be something of good fortune for McGeady with the Latics having been subsequently relegated to the Championship.
With Martinez having moved on from the DW Stadium to succeed David Moyes as Everton manager, the Spaniard has been given the opportunity to reignite his interest in the Spartak star.
“Over the next few weeks we have to make sure we bring in the right characters as well as the right players,” Martinez was quoted in the Scotsman.
“It’s not going to be a case of bringing anyone at any time. It’s important we identify the type of help we need in the dressing room and make sure they are the type of footballer who will fit in with the train of thought of this club.”
It’s thought that the 39-year-old will face stiff competition from Sunderland for McGeady’s signature however, with Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio also a fan and having the lure of the winger’s national teammates John O’Shea, Kieran Westwood and James McClean already being at the Stadium of Light.
The Irishman played 23 matches for Spartak in all competitons in 2012/13, scoring five goals and providing assists for a further seven.
Here’s a clip of the famous “McGeady spin” when playing for Celtic.