Sunderland wanted to sign Aiden McGeady during the summer.
Aiden McGeady rejected the chance to sign with Sunderland on summer transfer deadline day, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The Black Cats were hoping to bring in the Republic of Ireland international to the Stadium of Light over the summer, and Everton were open to his sale. Roberto Martinez does not believe the the 29-year-old has a long-term future at Goodison Park, and he sanctioned his exit.
However, McGeady himself opted against switching Merseyside for Wearside, and the winger has remained with the Toffees this season, but has made almost no impact.
McGeady has just 46 minutes worth of action to his name, starting the League Cup victory over Barnsley, and he has only been called into a Premier League matchday squad once by Martinez.
It is expected that Martinez is set to meet with McGeady in the coming weeks to discuss his future ahead of the January transfer window, with a likely exit expected.
With his lack of first-team football, McGeady needs to be playing consistently this term ahead of Euro 2016, with the Republic of Ireland set to feature.
Martin O’Neill may rate the winger, and he impressed in qualifying, but calling him up to a competitive tournament with no league football to his name in a season would be a mistake.
McGeady may have rejected a transfer over the summer, but he would be wise to consider any approaches made for him in January, for the sake of his own career.