Everton to rival Aston Villa and Fulham for ex-Bhoy?

Aiden McGeady

Aiden McGeady could head to Goodison in January but Aston Villa and Fulham are also interested.

Roberto Martinez is reportedly keen to rekindle his interest in Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady with the Ireland international keen to return to British shores. Everton's Spanish boss was previously linked with a move for the former Celtic star during his time as manager of Wigan, and came close to landing the 27-year-old back in January, only for the deal to ultimately collapse.

But despite that setback McGeady is still believed to be eager to depart the Russian club, even though he has made seven appearances already this season, scoring once.

According to a report from Izvestia, the 27-year-old has been identified as a target for three different Premier League clubs, with Everton joined by both Aston Villa and Fulham in tabling a deal for the player. Everton could well be the player’s preference though, given the presence of compatriot Seamus Coleman in the Toffees’ squad and his previous eagerness to link up with Martinez at Wigan.

The Merseysiders could also offer McGeady the prospect of European football next season, having made an unbeaten start to the current Premier League campaign.

No fee has yet been quoted but it is thought that Spartak would be eager to recoup a fee as close as possible to the £9.5 million they paid for the player back in 2010.

Celtic could meanwhile be another potential destination for the player, who came up through the ranks at Parkhead, making 185 first-team appearances and scoring 31 goals in the process.

Any move to Everton could see McGeady initially operate as midfield cover for Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman, though given the Belgian’s susceptibility to injury, there could be plenty of first-team opportunities.

The Toffees top-four credentials look set to be put to the test this weekend though, with Roberto Martinez’s team travelling to the Etihad to face Manchester City.

images: © isirya, © celticphotos

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