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McGeady to Everton for £4M

24/06/2013 | Comments (70)
Based seemingly on nothing more than general quotes from the new Everton manager about bringing in players, Alex Gordon claims that Aiden McGeady is headed to Everton for £4M.

Roberto Martinez is a long-term admirer of the 27-year-old and tried to buy him for Wigan in January. The Republic of Ireland winger is now entering the last 12 months of his contract at Spartak Moscow.

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Stuart Mitchell
915 Posted 24/06/2013 at 14:58:56
Hope this is just a rumour!
Mark Goddard
916 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:00:14
This will be popular.........
Michael Brooks
924 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:23:52
It really is silly season!! Nothing is going to happen until Everton sell either Fellaini or Heitinga!

Otherwise that would mean old bullshit bill spending either the huge new TV money which is all going on loans which is keeping him in charge of Everton or the boards money which we all know will only happen when hell freezes over.

Stuart Mitchell
925 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:27:00
Agreed no signings till we sell or get the Sky money. So will be late in the window as usual.

Leroy Fer is crying out for us to sign him and no doubt someone else will swoop in and grab a great young talent.

Paul Andrews
929 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:37:32
Not for me.
No end product,plenty of twists and turns getting him the reputation of a "tricky player" final ball very poor.
Jim Knightley
933 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:42:47
I disagree that we will have no money... personally I think there will around 5million for transfers, before departures. We've trimmed wages, and had a little money for a Fer down payment in January apparently. I also expect Bill had to offer Roberto something when he signed on.
Jon Ferguson
939 Posted 24/06/2013 at 15:52:02
No to McGeady from me. Better, younger targets are out there!

Michael Brooks
941 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:02:42
What did Bill have to offer Roberto? I don’t believe the Malaga job was there for him, all he had to say was top six side or championship!
James McPherson
953 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:35:08
Michael Brooks - absolutely correct.

Kenwright has appointed someone that will be indebted to him for plucking him from a lower division.

The mutual opportunism that has casued this paralysis is set to continue.

Where is the money?

Where is the Fer money?


Tom Dodds
954 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:39:06
Kenwright is to EFC like Nixon was to America.
Peter Truin
956 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:41:29
You would hope that walking into Goodison Park was enough to show Roberto of the size and statue of Everton FC and also deliver the reality that the shit he was after at Wigan and indeed the shit he had at Wigan will not wash at Everton

If not then someone at the club needs to inform the fella

Chris Sillett
959 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:36:28
To these people who are saying "not good enough, rubbish" etc have any of you actually seen him play? I have seen him quite a few times and he has impressed me a lot. I remember watching a Porto v Spartak game on tv and he had a very good game and then I watched Ireland v Faroe Islands (i know) a few weeks ago and he tore them to shreds, I think the commentator said even though Robbie Keane got a hat trick McGeady was the best player on the field by far. His assists tally in Scotland and Russia is very impressive too. He's still young at 27 (which we need), has got loads of pace (which we need) and will be quite cheap at £4 million (which suits us). Seriously who do these people think we can sign? Neymar lol?
James Stewart
961 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:48:17
not as bad as people say but not worth spending 4m on.
Ben Jones
962 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:49:48
I think it would be a good signing.

I think he's proably very inconsistent, but bar Mirallas, has more pace and skill than anyone else in the team. He is also a match winner and will offer us width. He looks like a player Martinez can get the best out of, and 4 million is relatively cheap. Would be quite happy with this one, if his attitude is right.

Tom Bowers
968 Posted 24/06/2013 at 16:51:51
Everton need new blood and as usually happens at this time of the year and in particular when a new manager comes along the rumour mill will churn out many stories, mostly junk.
Much like RS who are spending already the money they anticipate they will get for Ratboy,
Everton will also capitalize on a Fellaini sale. McGeady is a decent player as are many others who may be available but I am sure Martinez will scour the market for the right deals.
Hopefully the emphasis will be on speed and tackling ability if it is to be a midfielder.
I have had enough of players we have had who lack these qualities.
It would not surprise me to see no action until after the U.S. tour.
Susong Hermawan
977 Posted 24/06/2013 at 17:15:14
Plus... Half a dozen other Wigan players, please...
Mick Doherty
985 Posted 24/06/2013 at 17:20:38
Chris, I watched that Faroes game too, he got an assist for one goal, against a team comprised of fishermen, men whose daily job is NOT football, yes he dribbled past those amateur defenders but his crossing was piss poor, he had maybe 3 attempts on goal, one of which was on target, he ran about looking lively, but he's a headless chicken type of lively, then he was replaced after 65 minutes or so, can't speak for his performances for Moscow, but there simply is no question whatsoever that he is shocking for Ireland, the groans in pubs across the island whenever he makes a shite of an opportunity vouch for that, he's possibly the 2nd most frustrating player in the squad.... after the total waste of space that is Glen Whelan
Paul Andrews
989 Posted 24/06/2013 at 17:39:55

Oliver Hardy would do the business against The Faroe Islands.

Stuart Mitchell
000 Posted 24/06/2013 at 18:12:40
Agree Mick, Seen him a play a few times and his crossing ability is non existent.

Would be a terrible signing and surely better younger players out there.

John Shepherd
005 Posted 24/06/2013 at 18:26:58
By the sounds of it, £4mil is a bit expensive for a 27-year-old average winger in the last year of his contract. I can't see four years of value for money in that deal and no sell-on value at the end either. Definitely not what you would call building for the future; someone needs to give their head a wobble and try/think again.
Geoff Trenner
006 Posted 24/06/2013 at 18:42:35
If McGeady is the answer you've asked the wrong question!
Ross Edwards
009 Posted 24/06/2013 at 18:47:02
McGeady? I'd rather have Bilyaletdinov back frankly, he is that bad.
Kieran Fitzgerald
017 Posted 24/06/2013 at 18:59:52
McClean is the better option if you're buying Irish. Apparently he's out of favour at Sunderland and wouldn't cost any more than McGeady.

Stuart's right, McGeady, for a winger, couldn't cross a ball to save his life. At 27, this isn't going to improve.

Phil Walling
019 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:02:55
Fucking useless from what I`ve seen of him ! Bit like the last prick we got from Moscow.
Sam Hoare
025 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:12:52
Apparently Birmingham have accepted offers from two clubs for Nathan Redmond. Surely this guy would be a better bet than Mcgeady.

Having said that I wouldn't have thought much of Maloney when Martinez bought him but he managed to get a lot out of him so who knows...

Colin Glassar
026 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:09:15
I'd rather go for macmanamananam from Wigan for an extra melon. Young, good, quick and a blue scouser to boot! I've seen Mcgeady a few times and he's ok nothing to get too excited about.
Being linked to the likes of him and Kone is a bit underwhelming I'd rather go for younger players like the above mentioned macca lad, McCarthy, Redmond etc......
Ross Edwards
029 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:21:46
Lets hope and pray Sam that it is us. Please!
Mark Frere
031 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:18:10
Kieran (017)
I thought McClean looked like a absolute world beater season before last, I just can't work out what went wrong with him. If we could sign the McClean we saw 18 months ago, I would love him at our club.

Whats the latest news on his availability Kieran?

Phil Sammon
032 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:27:25

His attitude stinks and the fans are very quick to get on his back. Another brain dead footballer who can't stay off Twitter. He did look good when he first broke on the scene, but there are much better options for us.

Ross Edwards
034 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:31:23
What about Zaha on loan? I can't see Moyes using him.
Colin Glassar
035 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:31:50
Apparently, Norwich and Swansea have had bids accepted for Redmond. A third offer (probably us) was rejected.
Mark Frere
039 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:35:33
That's a shame Phil, I really thought he was a class act at first
Troy Perkins
040 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:36:18
Zaha on loan I think would be a good signing could probably happen aswell seen as bk and Moyes are such good pals
Paul Ellam
045 Posted 24/06/2013 at 19:17:04
Got a player like Fer desperate to play for us and once again we are dragging our heels. Just sign him before somebody else does.

This club is so damn frustrating! The obvious option is never taken and then we are left feeling sorry for ourselves when really a lot of the time we get what we deserve.

A lot of other Premier League clubs are already doing business so why aren't we???

Ian Bennett
049 Posted 24/06/2013 at 20:05:10

Hope I made myself clear — not a fan.

Dan Brierley
050 Posted 24/06/2013 at 20:06:56
If Martinez thinks this is the right player and can bring us something then I put my faith in him. His transfer record seems to be pretty decent.

Paul Ellam 045, Fer was a Moyes target. We have a new manager now, so its not surprising that he wants to follow up different players as he has a completely different footballing mentality to Moyes.

Peter Truin
058 Posted 24/06/2013 at 20:31:02
But chris said he had a good game against the Faroe Islands

So lets get him in

Steve Jones
075 Posted 24/06/2013 at 21:05:41
Whatever happens, it's going to start Wednesday when Martinez is back at work at Finch Farm .
Harold Matthews
076 Posted 24/06/2013 at 20:35:20
This has the whiff of a Kenwright red herring. The serious business will be real cloak and dagger stuff with a fat bonus to agents to keep their mouths shut. This is BK's world and he's probably loving it.

As for some of the suggested signings. No thanks. There are highly talented players in Spain and other cash-strapped countries who are being paid a pittance. Martinez will know these guys and I'll bet one or two have already booked flights to John Lennon airport.

Harold Matthews
080 Posted 24/06/2013 at 21:13:39
Actually, I hope they haven't booked flights to John Lennon airport. Can't trust anyone these days.
John Tyrrell
085 Posted 24/06/2013 at 21:31:18
I still like the look of Fer, and Honda if he is available on a free. Some depends on what formation he is planning next season. How about 3-5-2?

Jags, Distin, Duffy
Coleman, Fer, Honda, Fellaini, Baines
Mirallas and Jelavic.

I would also sign Alkraz on a free as we will be a bit short on CB if Heitinga leaves. We would then have Pienaar, Barkley, Junior, Gibson as backups for CM and Oviedo and Stones as wing backs....
Just me playing fantasy football.

Chris Sillett
108 Posted 24/06/2013 at 22:06:17
Peter 058, McGeady can only beat whats infront of him :) Im sure hes played well against much better opposition. Give him a chance if we do sign him, we could do a lot worse just look across the park!
Peter Truin
113 Posted 24/06/2013 at 22:50:30
Sorry, Chris, but I've seen McGeady play and god willing he will never set foot inside Goodison Park.

We can do much much much better, sir.

Clive Lewis
118 Posted 24/06/2013 at 23:20:27
Aident Mcgready, looks good for a pub team. Very ordinary player with nothing really to offer the premier league. Would look OK for Wigan in the championship. I hope this is rubbish becuase I fear for the season else.
Declan Burke
119 Posted 24/06/2013 at 23:21:04
Hope it's a rumour. Seen him play for Ireland many times. Was dreadful at last years Euros. Ran around like a headless chicken. 60 caps, 2 goals. I rest my case.
Chris Sillett
123 Posted 24/06/2013 at 23:53:44
Declan, the Ireland team at Euro 2012 didnt exactly cover themselves in glory did they? And McGeady got the assist for their only goal I believe.
Chris Jones [Burton]
124 Posted 25/06/2013 at 00:29:37
I'm old enough to remember pissing themselves laughing at EFC when Howard Kendal "wasted money" on the likes of Andy Gray and Peter Reid. Then, even after we'd won things, some of my colleagues fell off their chairs roaring laughing when we bought Paul Power.

Let's wait and see, but if we do buy him, give him and the manager a chance. As Ms Gump used to tell her lad, "Life's like a box of chocolates. You never know..."

Matthew Svatos
147 Posted 25/06/2013 at 07:50:58
I don't understand why people are so against him. Looking at his stats for both spartak and celtic, his return rate is actually pretty decent. Spanning his club career, on average he scores or sets up a goal every 2.1 games. What player on the everton team right now can claim anything like that? As well as that, he's another Mirallas with his ball running. I think he is definitely worth a punt considering Martinez is most likely going to push Mirallas into the forwards next season and we are already low on wingers. Also, the people judging him from his Irish performances are a bit daft considering how terrible the Irish team is.......
Al Reddish
148 Posted 25/06/2013 at 08:25:42
I would prefer to put that money towards a forward and give Ross Barkley a proper run out. Would love to see more of McAlney this year too.
Peter Truin
150 Posted 25/06/2013 at 08:24:31
I'm old enough to remember signing Andy Gray and not falling about laughing

Also remember signing Paul Power and thinking well half our squad are injured so he'll be good cover and being more concerned with our other signings that summer which included Warren Aspinall, Neil Adams and Kevin Langley, two of which coincidentally came from Wigan but all lower league YOUNG players.

And from what I can remember, Peter Reid was a gamble because of his injury record and not his lack of ability. Let's not compare McGeady and genuine talented players now.

Phil Walling
154 Posted 25/06/2013 at 08:57:50
If you wanted a Naismith clone,he`s it !
Jon Ferguson
157 Posted 25/06/2013 at 09:02:40
Apparently Birmingham have accepted bids of £2.5mil from Swansea and Norwich. He is a young exciting English prospect, surely we need to throw our hat in the wing. He is in a position we need to recruit and at a price which wouldn't require the sales of Baines or Fellaini.
Andrew Ellams
163 Posted 25/06/2013 at 09:21:49
McGeady is one of those players that has you out of your seat then back in it with your head in your hands in seconds. McFadden but quicker.
Colin Glassar
176 Posted 25/06/2013 at 11:44:12
It's obvious that Fellaini is leaving this summer. I hope Martinez doesn't waste time waiting for him to come back from his hols and just get rid of him ASAP. I just don't want us to waste our money on slightly above average players like Mcgeady or Kone. This Malanda kid, or Fer, sound like the type of player we should be going for.

With the £24m from Fellaini we could afford Fer and Honda for around £14m for both players. That would leave us £10m to spend on a striker (£4m more if Heitinga goes). That means we probably could afford Negredo or Soldado. Plus loanees like Rafinha and a freebie like Alcaraz and we are sorted!! Jesus, I should be the boss.

So, that's; Fer, Honda, Negredo, Rafinha and Alcaraz. All for £28m.

Peter Truin
181 Posted 25/06/2013 at 12:06:35
Colin 176

Man Utd may be looking for a new manager after 5 games... throw your CV in now, you never know.

Tony J Williams
182 Posted 25/06/2013 at 12:22:17
It's amazing all these deals being done........5 days before the actual window is open....(scratches head and signs heavily)
Sam Hoare
185 Posted 25/06/2013 at 12:33:39
Colin, I highly doubt Negredo will be available for £10m. Nearer double that I should think.
James Marshall
198 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:25:55
"So, that's; Fer, Honda, Negredo, Rafinha and Alcaraz. All for £28m"

Honestly, even if we had the money, I can only see Alcaraz coming to us out of that lot.

Negredo et al must be saying, "Everton who?"

We have two hopes of signing these or any other player quoted in the press of late.....Bob Hope and No hope.

James Marshall
199 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:29:20
Paul #045

Why aren't we signing players like other Premier League clubs?

Simple - we don't have a pot to piss in, and you can't buy players with magic beans any more.

Ian Bennett
201 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:38:59
£4m / 27 years old is dead money, we aren't going to make a profit on him and unless I've missed something, this is our business model to keep Wonga from repossessing The Dixie statue.

I'd rather buy an unfashionable nation up and coming player for £6m on lower wages who can play 3/4 years and be sold for a profit. Bar Fellaini, Barkley and Baines we have nothing left to sell, but have a pile of players hitting 30+. Spend the Fellaini money wisely.

Kevin Tully
203 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:43:31
I wouldn't get carried away spending big bucks just yet fellas. A Belgian journo was on local radio this morning saying Fellaini was quite happy at the club, and had no plans to move. He reckoned he had wanted three things before he would move - Bigger wages (fair enough) chance of winning titles, and a guarantee not to be played as a second striker.

He said Arsenal would not improve on the money he is on at Everton, and he only played as a second striker because he loved Moyes as a coach! He said Fellaini would love to go to Man U to join up with Moyes again, but there is no interest from Utd. At this moment, Fellaini is staying at Everton for at least another year.

Guy Hastings
205 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:48:00
As di Canio fights for the the relegation place not already secured by Newcastle and Stoke is it worth a McGready-priced punt on Sessègnon as he is deemed surplus to the Black Cats' requirements? He's 29, knows the PL score and once he's come under the spell of the dressing room and had consistency drilled into him could prove a likely lad.
Ben Jones
206 Posted 25/06/2013 at 14:50:50
10 million for Negredo or Soldado Colin? 10 million for the best team in the world's striker, or for a guy who just had a bid of 14.5 million rejected for him earlier in the month?

That's why I'm glad you're not the boss.

Colin Glassar
209 Posted 25/06/2013 at 15:05:13
Ben, BK's lining me up for an interview if Martinez fails. I've got it all worked out and I'm quite happy to earn 10k per month. I'll get the players we need. All it takes is a bit of imagination.
Andrew Ellams
211 Posted 25/06/2013 at 15:31:03
Love all the complaints we get in these threads about being a selling club and then the objections to signing a player with no sell on value.

Ian Bennett
215 Posted 25/06/2013 at 15:55:29
Well Andrew - If it means signing some foreign youngsters, and banging them out for a profit, or signing players of the ilk of McGeady and then forced to sell Barkley early I know what I prefer. I'd rather only sell players that don't fit the bill, rather than paying the bills.

Ben Jones
220 Posted 25/06/2013 at 16:14:48
I agree Colin, as long as it's realistic!!

Soldado and Negredo I imagine would be at least £16/17 million.

Kieran Fitzgerald
235 Posted 25/06/2013 at 17:21:03
Colin, you might have competition from Kev Johnson. You may ring each other first and maybe figure out who's manager and who's head first team coach. Imagine, all of ToffeeWeb being happy with the manager and first team coach. You and Kev would be like demi gods.
Andy McGlashen
249 Posted 25/06/2013 at 18:05:18
I'm a Celtic fan but Everton is my second team as my dad was a keen Everton fan so I've followed their results for 45 years. I've seen McGeady many times and would say he can be incredibly exciting one game and incredibly frustrating another.

On balance I would say he flatters to deceive and with Naismith there doesn't add much of an alternative for Everton & think £4m is pretty rich (thought Celtic did amazing to get £9m). However, if you want to see what he can do, check out his double back heel dummy on YouTube Aberdeen v Celtic
Noel Early
350 Posted 25/06/2013 at 23:59:21
I think the following applies to McGeady:

Amazing skill;
Beats men for fun.
Doesn't score enough goals;
Worst crosser of a ball I have ever seen in my life.

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