Sunday 24 September 2017

Everton eye McGeady after Moscow bust-up

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

EVERTON are monitoring Aiden McGeady's position with interest after the Ireland winger moved closer to the Spartak Moscow exit door following another row with coach Valeri Karpin.

McGeady, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is likely to leave Russia in January after being banished from the first-team squad and placed on the transfer list.

Tensions with Karpin came to a head following last weekend's derby defeat to city rivals CSKA.

After reports in Russia of a bust-up with the 27-year-old, Karpin said: "Yes, McGeady was suspended from training with the first team for not complying with my instructions in training and matches. The rest is our internal affair."

McGeady has made no secret of his desire to try his luck in the Premier League one day and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill would like to see him move for the sake of his career.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is a long-term admirer of McGeady and tried to bring him to Wigan last January. With the player's contract winding down, Spartak are believed to be anxious to cash in when the transfer window re-opens.

Southampton and Hull have also been linked with a move for the 63-capped international, who will be condemned to the reserves as his stint in Russia draws to a close.

McGeady's fellow Glaswegian James McCarthy, who followed Martinez to Everton, would love to see his international colleague earn a move to England.

"He's obviously a great player," said McCarthy. "Day to day in training you can see how much quality he brings to the team. He would be brilliant to have in the Premier League.

"I think he just missed out (joining Wigan). He had a couple of injuries last year and unfortunately it didn't happen. As it is just now, I'm not even sure, that's the first I've heard of Aiden having a fallout with his manager, but it would be brilliant to have him in the Premier League."

Irish Independent

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