Thursday 26 April 2018

Spartak fans honour Aiden McGeady with farewell banner

Spartak Moscow fans unfurled this message for Aiden McGeady this evening. Twitter credit: @TalkingSportOrg
Spartak Moscow fans unfurled this message for Aiden McGeady this evening. Twitter credit: @TalkingSportOrg

Spartak Moscow supporters unfurled a banner with the message "THANKS AIDEN" during a Russian League game today with the Republic of Ireland international set to leave the country in January.

The classy gesture was made during Spartak's 6-1 victory over Volga Nizhny Novgorod.

Everton are monitoring Aiden McGeady's position with interest after the Ireland winger moved closer to the Spartak Moscow exit door following another row with coach Valeri Karpin last week.

Tensions with Karpin came to a head following last weekend's derby defeat to city rivals CSKA.

After reports in Russia of a bust-up with the 27-year-old, Karpin said: "Yes, McGeady was suspended from training with the first team for not complying with my instructions in training and matches. The rest is our internal affair."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is a long-term admirer of McGeady and tried to bring him to Wigan last January. With the player's contract winding down, Spartak are believed to be anxious to cash in when the transfer window re-opens.

Southampton and Hull have also been linked with a move for the 63-capped international, who will be condemned to the reserves as his stint in Russia draws to a close.

McGeady's fellow Glaswegian James McCarthy, who followed Martinez to Everton, would love to see his international colleague earn a move to England.

"He's obviously a great player," said McCarthy. "Day to day in training you can see how much quality he brings to the team. He would be brilliant to have in the Premier League.

"I think he just missed out (joining Wigan). He had a couple of injuries last year and unfortunately it didn't happen. As it is just now, I'm not even sure, that's the first I've heard of Aiden having a fallout with his manager, but it would be brilliant to have him in the Premier League."

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