Friday 21 July 2017

Boro poised to make a move for McGeady

Middlesbrough are understood to have earmarked McGeady as a player that would help them in their mission to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Photo: PA
Middlesbrough are understood to have earmarked McGeady as a player that would help them in their mission to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Photo: PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Middlesbrough have emerged as a possible destination for Aiden McGeady, who is expected to continue his Championship career away from Preston North End.

McGeady was Preston's player of the season after starring on loan from Everton and the Toffees are ready to sell the Glaswegian with a year remaining on his contract.

The 31-year-old is on a good Premier League deal - believed to be worth in the region of £40,000 per week - and he would have to take a substantial pay cut to join Preston, who would be very keen to sign the player on a permanent basis.

However, Preston have a modest wage structure by Championship standards and do not have the financial muscle to compete with other clubs in the division that would have the means to match McGeady's current deal, or at least ensure that he is paid at a similar level.

Middlesbrough are understood to have earmarked McGeady as a player that would help them in their mission to get back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Their interest predates the appointment of Garry Monk as their manager and the next move will depend on his intentions.

Either way, Preston are bracing themselves for disappointment, with other suitors monitoring the situation.

McGeady is extremely popular at Deepdale, with his temporary switch reigniting his career following a miserable stint at Everton.

Aston Villa - another club with deep pockets - have been linked with Glenn Whelan and while Stoke are keen to keep the midfielder, they won't stand in his way if he wants a move.

Back home, St Patrick's Athletic are aiming to convince former Ipswich midfielder Owen Garvan to move to Inchicore instead of accepting a deal that's on the table from Bray Wanderers.

The Saints want the 29-year-old to help with their battle to avoid the drop. He is a free agent after parting company with Colchester in April and has stated his intention to move home.

Derry City have announced three additions to their squad, with former Rangers defender Darren Cole penning a deal, along with Northern Ireland schools captain Eoin Toal, who joins from Armagh, and winger Jamie McIntyre.

Irish Independent

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