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McGeady wants to leave -- Lennon

EVERTON, Birmingham City and Aston Villa today began the chase to sign Aiden McGeady after Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted that the Ireland star wanted to leave the club.

But Celtic will not be signing his Ireland team-mate Keiren Westwood after Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd insisted that the keeper is staying at Coventry.

McGeady has been linked with a move away from Parkhead for the last few months but that move is now closer following the player's omission from Celtic's squad for a tour of the USA and now Lennon's admission.

"Aiden hasn't said to me he wants to leave in so many words.

"But the initial vibe came from his side of things," said Lennon from the team's US base today.

Back in the UK, Boothroyd has dismissed speculation linking Westwood to Celtic as a replacement for Artur Boruc.

"There is nothing in that at all. We've had no contact from Celtic and negotiations are on-going with Keiren who I really like and want to stay," Westwood said.