The rumours linking former Celtic man Aiden McGeady with a summer move to Everton are gathering pace, with one or two well-connected Blues indicating that a transfer from Spartak Moscow is in the pipeline.
The Republic of Ireland international is available for a cut price £4 million, as the Russian super power look to dispose of a prize asset before his contract expires in a years time. Roberto Martinez is a known admirer of McGeady and very nearly signed him for Wigan during the January transfer window, only for the three parties failing to agree terms on a £5 million deal and the move collapsed.
McGeady would fit comfortably into Martinez’ preferred 4-3-3 formation, with the ability to operate on either flank in an attacking role. The Irish international is not a prolific goalscorer (49 club goals for Celtic and Spartak), but does score some spectacular goals. He is however a creator, with 108 assists in 332 club appearances, a quite incredible record.
He has enjoyed a controversial career to date, snubbing Scotland, the country of his birth, to play for Republic of Ireland, falling out spectacularly with former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and leaving Celtic for Russia during January 2010 in a surprising £9.5 million deal. He has remained an enigma on the international stage, failing to fulfill his rich potential in the green of Ireland, but under Giovanni Trapattoni he has become a regular and integral member of the squad, accumulating 40 international caps.
His move from Celtic to Russia for £9.5 million, made him the most expensive player ever in the history of Scottish Football and aged 27 is in the prime of his career. Although he may not be the big name signing most Blues would have been hoping for, it looks increasingly likely that Aiden McGeady will wear Everton blue next season.