Saturday 24 February 2018

Sunderland move gives McGeady a fresh start

Aiden McGeady has agreed a deal to leave Everton and join Sunderland. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Aiden McGeady has agreed a deal to leave Everton and join Sunderland. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Aiden McGeady has been re-united with Simon Grayson after agreeing a deal to leave Everton and join Sunderland.

The Ireland international revived his career while on loan with Preston under Grayson last season, but they were never going to be able to afford a permanent move for the Glaswegian given their wage structure.

Middlesbrough were ready to match McGeady's wages of £40,000 per week, but the 31-year-old opted for Sunderland, who have reportedly paid Everton a transfer fee of only £250,000 for the winger, such was the Toffees' desire to get him off their wage bill.

Elsewhere, Harry Arter has signed a new four-year contract with Bournemouth that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Meanwhile, Burnley new boy Jonathan Walters believes that hard work and mental strength are the reason he has lasted the course as a Premier League player.

Walters (33), who is in Dublin with his new team-mates for tonight's Tallaght friendly with a youthful Shamrock Rovers side, has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third.

Irish Independent

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