After just over three years with Spartak Moscow, Aiden McGeady appears set to leave Russia and return to Britain. Speaking recently, McGeady announced his intentions to head back to the UK, indicating that a move to the Premier League is his desire.
“My contract runs until next summer. The club have offered me a new deal but I don't plan to sign it,” said the 27-year-old Irish international.
“I would like to carry on my career somewhere a bit closer to home.
“I look at the guys playing in England and I feel jealous.
The news is likely to spark interest from a number of Premier League sides, with the former Celtic winger proving himself to be a dangerous wide man over the years, but is he good enough to play in the top flight?
The instant suitor appears to be Everton, where manager Roberto Martinez is a huge fan of the 27 year old, having tried to sign him for Wigan earlier this year, only to see the deal fall through at the last minute. The Toffees currently have good wingers in Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas, but with Gerard Deulofeu only on a loan deal from Barcelona, Martinez may look to bring in a long term signing who can compete for a place in the first team in the future.
A £4m fee has been speculated for McGeady, and whilst former club Celtic are also rumoured to be looking at signing him, it seems certain that he will finally be heading to the Premier League, after many years of being linked with moves to England.
Many players have arrived from Scotland and struggled to replicate their feats – Jean-Alain Boumsong, Barry Ferguson and Alan Hutton spring to mind – but with three years of high standard football under his belt, McGeady now appears to be ready for the step up.
With 13 goals and 29 assists during his time with Spartak, McGeady has established himself as a tricky winger who puts great quality in to the box, and this will be a key quality for any team looking to sign the winger, and the rumoured £4m asking price could prove to be a snip should he replicate his form in England.
Other teams who could be interested along with Everton are Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton, but with Martinez's prior interest in the Republic of Ireland star, it seems a good bet that McGeady will be turning out at Goodison Park in the near future.
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