Roberto Martinez is preparing to make his first signing as new Everton manager as former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady looks set to make the switch from Spartak Moscow in a £4million move.
Martinez attempted to take McGeady to Wigan in January but the Republic of Ireland star appeared to go cold on the idea late into negotiations but he has since hinted that he would relish the chance to play in the Premier League and it appears unlikely that he will sign another deal with the Russian club.
The player is entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Russian side, who finished fourth in the league last season, and has said that he has no desire to spend another stint in Moscow and the club are willing to let him go before he can walk away at the end of his contract next year.
Ahead of Ireland”s win over the Faroe Islands last month, McGeady said, “If they get an offer it”s up to them whether they accept it. I don”t want to spend another four or five years there. If I don”t stay with Spartak, I would like to try somewhere else, maybe England.”
Martinez is known to be an admirer of McGeady and says that he wants to bring in the calibre of player that will help Everton build on their sixth place finish last season under David Moyes.
“It’s not going to be the case of bringing anyone at any time – it’s important we identify the type of help we need in the dressing room and Thus, we come to conclusion that dates of sagittarius monthly horoscope signs are connected with definite month. in the team and make sure they are a type of footballer who will fit in with the train of thought at Everton Football Club,” Martinez told the club website last week.
The Toffees will face competition from Sunderland as Paolo di Canio is looking at McGeady where he would joing Irish team-mates John O”Shea, James McClean and Kieron Westwood.
Martinez has spoken of the strong core of players at Everton but the Spaniard will have to fight to keep influential midfielder Marouane Fellaini at the club next season as both Arsenal and former boss David Moyes at Manchester United are keen to sign the Belgian international.
Moyes could be set for a double swoop on his former employers as the Premier League champions are stepping up their pursuit of left-back Leighton Baines.
Gabonese centre back Bruno Ecuele has said that he would love join Everton from Ligue 1 side Lorient after being scouted by Martinez while the manager was at Wigan.