Saturday 1 October 2016

Roberto Martinez not closing Everton door on McGeady and Gibson

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Photo: Andrew Yates / Reuters

Roberto Martinez insists that Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson still have a future at Everton even if they are allowed to go on loan until the end of this season.

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The Irish internationals are keen to secure regular football with a view to Euro 2016, and McGeady was left out of the weekend FA Cup tie with Dagenham & Redbridge because three clubs have expressed an interest.

Martinez has confirmed that two of those suitors are based in England, with the other overseas.

McGeady's only club outing for the Toffees this term came in the League Cup in August, while Gibson, who is believed to be a target for Aston Villa and Sunderland, has made six appearances in all competitions.

However, the Spaniard says that the duo will be expected back at Goodison Park with a view to forcing a way into his plans for next term. He suggested that McGeady could be the first out the door.

"We're going to just work together with Aiden and his representative and we're going to make the right call," he said. "It's going to be over the next couple of weeks when we're going to make the final decision.

"It will be a short-term deal so Aiden can play football and finish the season really strong. Both players would be returning and competing strongly in pre-season with a view to the next campaign."

Martinez confirmed that Seamus Coleman will be out for another fortnight with the calf injury he sustained against Manchester City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

Meanwhile, Coventry boss Tony Mowbray says that it was a call out of the blue from Stephen Hunt that led to the Waterford-born veteran signing for the League One side on a short-term deal. Hunt (34) cut out the middle man in making an approach to Mowbray.

"I was sitting at home watching a match when my phone rang," said Mowbray, "It wasn't his agent or a third party trying to open a deal, it was the boy himself who asked if he could come and train.

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"He just wanted to get his boots on and feel like a player again. He lives relatively locally and because he phoned me himself I agreed he could come in. Hopefully over the next few weeks he gives himself the chance of getting around our 18."

Hunt has signed a short-term deal, with Mowbray suggesting that the arrangement is flexible enough that it would allow the player to leave if a better offer came in.

The PFAI's team of out of work players will travel to Norway today for the annual pre-season tournament where they look to secure new employment. Galway United boss Tommy Dunne will be travelling to assess the available talent.

Experienced defender Gavin Peers will not be going, however, and it's believed there is a possibility he could sign on for another year at Sligo Rovers.

Irish Independent

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