Monday 20 November 2017

McGeady crux remains with no sign yet of loan move

Ireland international, McGeady, has endured a miserable season at Everton with his solitary appearance coming back in August
Ireland international, McGeady, has endured a miserable season at Everton with his solitary appearance coming back in August
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Roberto Martinez says there have been 'no developments' on the future of out-of-favour winger Aiden McGeady.

The Ireland international has endured a miserable season at Everton with his solitary appearance coming back in August - a 45-minute League Cup cameo at Barnsley which was ended abruptly at half-time.

Last month, the Spaniard suggested that McGeady still had a future at the club and could feature over the Christmas period, but that scenario never came to pass.

Martin O'Neill has indicated that he is worried about the player's situation with Euro 2016 in mind, and both Celtic and Sunderland have been linked with loan moves although his wage packet is understood to be a stumbling block.

McGeady was paid extremely well in Russia, where the low rate of income tax makes it an attractive proposition for footballers, and he was therefore able to negotiate a lucrative deal when he relocated to Merseyside.

Drifted

However, he has drifted out of favour under Martinez who has also faced questions about the future of Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas.

"There are no developments," he said yesterday, when asked specifically about McGeady and Norwich target Naismith. "I'm sure there will be a lot of rumours. When there is something we can announce firmly to our fans, they'll be first to know."

Mirallas and McGeady are in the same camp at the moment, but they both intend to be involved when their countries meet in France this summer. Martinez did reference the Euros in a press conference where he suggested that Mirallas might have some part to play in the remainder of this term; the Belgian is wanted by Monaco.

"The squad is really large and with the Euros around the corner, we have decisions to make," he said. "Kevin signed a new contract in the summer. He had a really strong pre-season. We allow football to make decisions. We've got really good attacking options and Kevin was unfortunate. I expect Kevin to have a major influence in the second half of the season."

Darron Gibson is also on the fringes with an injury setback for James McCarthy failing to have a major impact on his position with Bosnia's Mo Besic moving up the queue. Saturday's FA Cup tie with Dagenham & Redbridge could offer the exiles a rare taste of the action.

Meanwhile, in-form Irish midfielder Alan Judge is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday with reports that a first bid was rejected by Brentford. Swansea and Leicester are long-term admirers of the 27-year-old.

Irish Independent

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