Everton McGeady Swoop edges closer

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez is lining up a move to bring Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady back to the United Kingdom.

The former Wigan manger is a big fan of the Republic of Ireland International and is keen to tie to up a £4 million deal to seal his first signing since moving to Goodison Park. The Spaniard tried to sign McGeady during the winter transfer window but missed out on the Celtic man when the deal collapsed at the 11th hour.

However it is now expected that Martinez will return for the Glasgow-born winger as he looks to put his stamp on the Everton squad.

Martinez is recently quoting as saying: “There is some work going on already and over the next few weeks we have to make sure we bring in the right characters as well as the right players.

“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.

“We need to remember that finishing sixth in the league last season is impressive. It was no accident.”

McGeady fits the calibre of player that Martinez is looking to bring in. The former Celtic man moved to Spartak Moscow three years ago in a £9.5 million deal and during that time he has performed to a high level for the Champions League regulars.

The Glasgow born left sided winger endured a difficult season in Russia making 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals.

The 27 year old is entering the final year of contract and has indicated that he will not sign a new contract. That decision looks set to force Spartak’s hand this summer with the club reluctant to let the winger leave for nothing next year.

Martinez is not the only manager interested in McGeady however with Sunderland manager Paolo di Canio also monitoring events closely.

McGeady won’t be shy of friends in either surroundings with Republic of Ireland team-mates Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and Shane Duffy on the books at Everton while John O’Shea, James McClean and Keiren Westwood are all at the Stadium of Light.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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