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McCarthy hails McGeady's move to Everton

JAMES McCARTHY believes that Everton have pulled off a major coup by signing his Ireland teammate Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow.

Everton had initially expected to just sign a pre-contract with McGeady and bring the winger to the club in the summer when his contract with Spartak ran out, but following talks between the two clubs and the player, a deal has been completed for former Celtic man McGeady, who was presented to the Toffees on Saturday.

McCarthy has known his fellow Glasgow native for some time and is delighted to see the winger on board.

"It's a good bit of business for the club and I'm sure he'll do well here," McCarthy said.

"I didn't have to sell the club to him, I think he knows all about the club and obviously he's delighted to be here. He's a tricky winger and I'm sure he'll do well."

McGeady's future at Spartak looked bleak in recent weeks as he fell out with manager Valeri Karpin in November, just before the Russian league season finished up for a winter break, and it seemed as if he would not play again under Karpin.

But the Ireland international is fondly regarded in Moscow and the club have thanked McGeady for his service.

Meanwhile, Phil Jagielka believes Everton are firmly in the reckoning for a Champions League place.

The England defender feels his club side are good enough to finish in the top four of the Premier League, but knows a tough challenge lies ahead.

Everton maintained their top four aspirations with a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

The Toffees have impressed throughout the season and, just over halfway through the campaign, they look to be in a battle with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United for fourth spot.

Jagielka said: "I think it is realistic and it is an aim, but it is going to be a very tough season with the amount of teams that are in there challenging."