Transfer news: Hull City and Everton weigh up offers for former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady
Republic of Ireland international currently plays for Spartak Moscow
Friday 03 January 2014
Former Celtic man Aiden McGeady could be set for a move to the Premier League, with Everton favourites for his signature, according to reports.
The Spartak Moscow winger is out of favour at the Russian club after a high-profile bust-up with manager Valery Karpin, and Spartak are now prepared to cut their losses on the winger, who they signed for £9.5m in 2010.
Everton have reportedly been monitoring the Republic of Ireland international for several months, with Roberto Martinez keen to stamp his own identity on the side he inherited from David Moyes, and the Merseyside club are reportedly in pole position to sign McGeady, with discussions ongoing.
However, Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that Hull City have emerged as rival contenders for McGeady’s signature. Steve Bruce has already assembled a sizeable Irish contingent at the KC, including David Meyler, Robbie Brady, Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn.
Hull would also be able to offer McGeady regular first-team football, whereas he would face stiff competition from current wide men Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and Gerard Deulofeu for playing time at Goodison.
The Russian daily reports that McGeady will be available for a fee around £2.5m, but suggests that neither club will be willing to meet McGeady’s current wage bill.
However, that is unlikely to present a significant stumbling-block to the transfer, as McGeady is unsettled in Russia and is prepared to take a pay cut to get his dream move. The Irishman has previously said: “It is no secret that one day I want to move to England to play. I will be disappointed if I do not get the chance.”
McGeady made 92 appearances for Spartak during his three-year spell in the Russian capital, notching up 13 goals and 29 assists.
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