Spartak offer double wages to McGeady in £9.5m deal
Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00
AIDEN McGEADY is expected in Russia today for talks with Spartak Moscow, who are determined to offer the Irish international a megabucks deal to remove his reservations about a £9.5m switch.
The 24-year-old will visit the city with his girlfriend and representatives, despite publicly stating that he was unconvinced that a move to Spartak would work for either personal or football reasons.
However, the Moscow club are prepared to double McGeady's salary into the region of €45,000 per week, with the added bonus that the personal tax rate in Russia is only 13pc.
The winger would prefer a move to the Premier League, however, after hiring Robbie Keane's agent Struan Marshall to secure such a deal. A possible transfer to Aston Villa has stalled amid the delay surrounding James Milner's on-off move to Manchester City.
Spartak's wealthy owner Leonid Fedun -- believed to be the world's 122nd richest man -- has tasked transfer broker Evegeny Smolentsev with completing the deal, with reports in Russia suggesting that the latter faces the sack unless he gets his man.
He was in London, where Celtic were taking part in the Emirates Cup over the weekend, to accelerate discussions and talk the Glaswegian into visiting Moscow before making a decision.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has conceded that McGeady may have played his last game for the SPL side against Lyon on Saturday and, by travelling to Moscow, he would rule himself out of the second leg of his club's Champions League qualifier with Braga.
His potential employers are in the middle of their domestic season, currently languishing in eighth spot.
McGeady's Celtic colleague Cillian Sheridan is also mulling over a transfer to foreign shores. He was a guest of CSKA Sofia at their derby game with Levski Sofia over the weekend, and the Cavan man is now contemplating a €500,000 switch to Bulgaria.