Should Aston Villa or Everton gamble on controversial £9.5 million Irishman?

Aiden McGeady is all set to leave his Russian club Spartak Moscow. But considering his recent disciplinary record is he worth the risk?

When Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady left Celtic for Spartak Moscow in 2010 the £9.5 million deal was the biggest ever fee received by a Scottish club for a single player.

The pacy winger had caught the eye in his six years in the Celtic first-team with his trickery and dribbling proficiency out on the wing and that had convinced the Russian giants that he was the perfect signing for them.

He had an excellent start to his career in Russia. Despite only playing for half of the 2010 season he managed to earn a place in the squad for the Russian team of the year.

He continued to be a regular in 2011-12 and this season he has been in perhaps the best form of his Spartak career.

But things all went a little wrong at the beginning of the month. He received his marching orders against relegation threatened Mordovia Saransk in a game where he also scored a screamer giving everyone a quick glimpse at his Russian career in a nutshell; brilliant but ill-disciplined to say the least.

His reaction after the red -card is what has really caused him problems. After arguing with the officials and appearing to goad the home crowd he decided to kick down the dressing room door at the Saransk Stadium in his momentary loss of control.

The end result? McGeady received a six-game ban which now seems the last straw as McGeady is set to leave Spartak this summer; to fulfil a dream of playing in the Premier League.

Russian paper Izvestia believes that his most likely destination is either Aston Villa or Everton but would they be willing to bring in the 27-year-old considering his recent outburst?

He has claimed he is willing to take a pay-cut but the last thing either team needs is a hothead player who will hit the roof every time something does not quite go his way.

Then there is the small matter of his price-tag.

Spartak paid a handsome fee of £9.5 million for the Irishman and you can guarantee they will not fancy losing too much of that fee just because McGeady wants out.

A fee of £5 million was quoted when Wigan Athletic came close to signing him in the January transfer window which comparative to his talent seems about fair; but considering his recent problems it would certainly be a gamble.

Would you like to see McGeady at your team?

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