By Danny Wright
Everton could potentially make a profit on Aiden McGeady as Sunderland have joined Middlesbrough and Preston in the race for his signature, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claims that the Black Cats have entered the tug-of-war for the 31-year-old following the appointment of Simon Grayson, who was in charge of the Toffees outcast during his loan spell at Deepdale last season.
It is understood that the intense interest could spark an auction for the 89-times Republic of Ireland international, which would suit the Toffees who signed him from Spartak Moscow for a low fee in January 2014.
McGeady spent almost the entirety of last season on loan with Preston, making 35 appearances across all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying nine assists.
McGeady has been less than impressive ever since he joined Everton, scoring just one goal in a total of 43 appearances, despite a lot of promise ahead of his arrival after successful spells with Celtic and Russian giants Spartak.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton have spent a lot this summer already and the money simply isn’t coming from nowhere. With at least £50million splashed on Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen, Ronald Koeman might have to free up some funds from elsewhere by thinning down his squad. Selling McGeady presents a perfect opportunity to do just that as he is on quite high wages when you consider his stature in the first-team and the fact he was on loan in the Championship last season. Gerard Deulofeu’s move to Barcelona will also have added a bit of extra cash for Koeman, who made Henry Onyekuru his third summer purchase on Friday.
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