Everton set for talks with Championship club over 30-year-old striker – report
By Danny Wright
Preston are planning to enter talks with Everton in an attempt to bring Aiden McGeady to the club on a permanent deal, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo reports that the Championship club want to bring the wantaway attacker to Deepdale on a long-term contract after impressing during his loan stay there this season.
McGeady has impressed manager Simon Grayson during his temporary spell at Preston and he now wants to make him a stable feature in his side after admitting his time at Goodison Park might be over.
Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman have both failed to include the 30-year-old in their plans at Everton and as a consequence he has spent the last season and a half on loan at both Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
The ex-Celtic winger was not given a squad number by Koeman during his first season in charge on the blue half of Merseyside and he was shipped to Preston on the summer transfer deadline day after failing to make the matchday squad in the opening three games of the campaign.
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This season, McGeady has made 27 appearances in all competitions for Grayson’s side, scoring five goals and assisting eight in the process.
His most recent goal was a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with fierce Lancashire rivals Blackburn on Saturday.
The Irish international has scored just one goal in 43 appearances for Everton since signing from Spartak Moscow in January 2014.
Football Insider Verdict
If McGeady is happy to drop down a division and stay at Preston then it’s hard to see how Koeman can stop him. He clearly has no future at Goodison Park so there should not be any issue with the Championship club snapping him up on a fairly cheap deal. McGeady has proven this season that he can provide Preston with goals and assists and they proved a lot of doubters wrong as they currently sit ninth in the league standings – just five points shy of the play-off zone. Grayson recognises that tying down the 30-year-old on a permanent deal may mean he will get the best out of him next season as they look to launch another assault on promotion.
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