Deal all but done: Everton to complete £2.5m deal for winger - report
By Danny Wright
Everton have agreed to sell Aiden McGeady to Preston on a permanent deal in the summer, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have quoted a former football agent and freelance journalist who has said the speedy winger will join the Championship club for a fee in the region of £2.5million.
The 31-year-old has been on loan at Deepdale this season and has clearly impressed manager Simon Grayson enough to deserve a permanent contract.
Merseyside football specialist Ross McCafferey broke the news on his personal Twitter account.
Aiden McGeady will join Preston on a permanent deal in the summer. Fee in regions of £2.5M. #PNEFC
— Ross McCafferey (@EuroAgent_Ross) April 13, 2017
McGeady has scored eight goals and provided eight assists for the Lancashire club in 31 appearances across all competitions.
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He picked up the Championship player of the month award in February and is beginning to become a fan-favourite at Preston.
The 87-time Republic of Ireland international secured his loan move to Deepdale on transfer deadline day after being left out of Ronald Koeman’s squad in the opening four fixtures of the campaign.
McGeady joined Everton in 2014 when he moved from Spartak Moscow.
His spell on Merseyside was littered with poor performances and injuries and he only scored one goal in 43 appearances for the club before he was shipped out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday for the second half of last season.
Football Insider Verdict
It looks like McGeady has finally found a place for him to settle down after finding it hard to adapt to play at Spartak, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday. Preston fans have taken him in and offered him a chance to spend the remainder of his career getting first-team football for a decent second-tier club. The fee stated is very hefty though, especially for a club like PNE and even more so for a player that is 31-years-of-age. However, Everton won’t mind because McGeady is a piece of deadwood that needed shipping out in the summer. The money won’t go a long way to Everton’s expensive transfer targets but something is better than nothing.
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