Zenit St Petersburg are to make one more effort to pip Everton to the signing of Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady is one of those rare breeds, a British footballer playing abroad.
That may not be for much longer, for it is considered in Russia that his time with Spartak Moscow is about to come to an end.
McGeady, 27, has told the club he will not be renewing his contract and aims to play in the Premier League.
The club most hotly tipped to snap him up are Everton, with the winger even willing to take a cut in salary to join the Toffees.
The Irishman has netted five goals in 14 starts for Spartak to date this season, and has surely benefited from his experience abroad, but now simply wants to try and new challenge more closer to home.
Roberto Martinez supposedly tried to sign him while at Wigan in January, report the Mirror - who claimed a day ago that he is back in for the winger with his new club.
He does face a threat however, with Russian newspaper Izvestia claiming yesterday that Zenit St Petersburg are hoping to throw a spanner in the works.
They claim that the big-spending outfit 'are going to make a final attempt to persuade the Irish midfielder to remain in Russia and go to their team.'
The club know what a fight they face, and despite being willing to offer him 'favourable' terms, realise it might not be enough.
He may not get the opportunity to move back to the Premier League in England again, and if his reasons for moving is just that, more money is unlikely to sway him.
Even so, with Spartak in charge of negotiations, Zenit's involvement and superior spending power may be something Everton would rather do without.
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