Everton look set to kick off a busy transfer window with the signing of Republic of Ireland wide-man Aiden McGeady. The former Celtic winger is rumoured to be available for free or for a small nominal fee as Russian giants Spartak Moscow look to offload McGeady after a fall out with manager Valery Karpin.
McGeady would add genuine competition in the wide areas and is equally adept on the right as he is on his preferred left flank. A tricky skilful player, McGeady was a record £9.5m signing when he left Celtic for Russia in 2010 and went on to make a huge impression in the Russian Premier League, playing a leading role in the Moscowvites bouncing back from a period of obscurity to finish runners up during his second season at Spartak.
Martinez has tracked McGeady for sometime and twice missed out on his signing while at Wigan. Wigan thought they had agreed a deal to sign McGeady last January only for a last minute change of heart from the Russians which scuppered the deal.
Speaking to the press in January 2013, Martinez explained how much he appreciated the talented McGeady.
‘He is a very talented player, someone I really admire, but it is not a realistic target for this window.
‘The reality is it cannot happen.’
A move for McGeady will not be the only business in this window. Martinez has already indicated a willingness to be busy as he chases Champions League football for next season. In addition to an extra winger, Martinez would like to sign a forward to add competition for Lukaku and a midfield player to cover for the long term absentee, Darron Gibson.
Heading in the other direction is Johnny Heitinga who is in talks with West Ham and Nikica Jelavic who is likely to make one final appearance for the Blues in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with QPR.