The 29-year-old battled niggling injuries for much of 2015 and that, combined with the arrivals of Aaron Lennon and Gerard Deulofeu, has seen him drop out of the Everton side altogether.
McGeady has been linked with a move back to Celtic, the club he left to join Spartak Moscow in 2010, as he seeks first-team football ahead of the European Championships but Deila admits the Hoops would need him to drop his wages to come "home".
“We have tried before to get those types of players, but they get three times the salary at other places," he said. “It’s also more interesting for them to play in England than Scotland. It’s tough and you never say never, but it’s a different planet when you talk salaries.
“We would not be able to pay the salary that the likes of McGeady are on. The difference is so unbelievably big that’s there is no chance. The wage structure would be broken 10 times if we did that!
“Maybe with players like McGeady, who has been here before, when he reaches the end of his career he’ll want to come back again. That’s possible, of course. “But I haven’t talked with him about that, although these types of names we are talking about."
McGeady was signed by Roberto Martinez, a player he had long admired, in January 2014 but he has made just one appearance as a substitute so far this season.
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1 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:10:10
2 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:15:10
3 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:26:46
Of course the downside is if they turn out to be rubbish like McGeady you're stuck with them.
4 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:36:48
Middling clubs like Stoke City, who are above us, and West Brom who are only 3 points behind us? The wages are dictated by the revenue generated.
Nobody around the world gives two shits about Scottish football, but the Premier League is watched around the world. That's why the wages are so much higher, there is a much higher demand and for God's sake why shouldn't the players benefit as opposed to all that TV revenue just lining the pockets of the owners?
5 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:48:24
Fat lad will stay for his contract, why would he take a pay cut when he can turn up for training each morning, be home by 1pm and get paid 㿊k a week for the next 2½ years without ever having to actually do anything.
Giving this waster, who was training with Spartak U16s at the time, a 4½-year contract should be a sackable offence.
6 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:53:02
7 Posted 01/01/2016 at 18:59:35
We have a lifetime of bad calls selecting a boss; I feel sorry for my kids. At least we've seen a bit until them shower of shite snatched it all back. Anyway, just accept it unless you want to die screaming...
8 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:01:55
Celtic have a bigger ground than us. 60,000. We're gagging to be in the CL because we think that is where the money is yet a club that is in it every season can't afford Aidan McGeady!!
What I'm saying is non-english clubs, players and their agents see english clubs coming. It's as though english clubs can't wait to splurge their cash on just about any player we can get our hands on.
9 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:17:58
10 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:21:37
No Gary It's indicative of the state of the Premier League and Everton FC in particular a total mess!
11 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:21:39
Would still save us a wedge cos he ain't gonna play again the useless twat.
12 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:38:54
A couple of summers ago Caley Thistle were playing Fleetwood Town in a preseason friendly up here. Caley are in the SPL, Fleetwood were in what I still call the Fourth Division. The fourth tier English club had the bigger wage bill.
14 Posted 01/01/2016 at 19:53:31
15 Posted 01/01/2016 at 20:01:13
16 Posted 01/01/2016 at 20:01:51
17 Posted 01/01/2016 at 20:02:08
18 Posted 01/01/2016 at 20:22:10
19 Posted 01/01/2016 at 21:10:39
20 Posted 01/01/2016 at 21:47:13
Why shouldn't the fans share in all this TV money? The players, even very average ones in the Premier League, get more than enough; fans pay through the nose to watch these players and it is time the price of tickets came down by at least 50%.
21 Posted 01/01/2016 at 22:07:33
22 Posted 01/01/2016 at 22:07:48
Celtic can afford him but know Everton want rid!! Everton will need to pay him off or pay half the salary!!! Unbelievable salaries for doing so little!! It will end one day and owners will be begging fans to turn up!! Sky will pull the plug one day and God help us all!!!
23 Posted 01/01/2016 at 22:37:25
24 Posted 01/01/2016 at 22:41:33
So you don't think he'll move then? His chances of playing at the Euros will be trumped by his greed/laziness or whatever it is that makes him a waster?
25 Posted 01/01/2016 at 22:45:18
26 Posted 01/01/2016 at 23:05:17
Austin at 26 is on offer for £15m, at QPR, and the left winger Phillips is still there too! Oh for some balance on the left, and a back-up for Rom,...or someone who could play off him.
28 Posted 01/01/2016 at 00:27:20
Unfortunately, this very fast Irish lad is far too careless on the ball but still remains the best crosser with either foot in the squad. Also, unlike too many of our lads, he can shoot and I never mind when we chuck him on for the last 10 minutes.
Eddie, I hope you're right about us moving on from the panic buy because, the way things are going with our paper thin squad, we could be pretty desperate come the Window. An injury to any one of Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Lukaku, Barkley or Barry would ring the alarm bells from lower Gwladys Street to Bills West End office.
29 Posted 02/01/2016 at 00:27:59
How this guy is a multi-millionaire footballer with his ability is a sad representation of the modern game. Maybe a desperate Sunderland will save us...
30 Posted 02/01/2016 at 00:56:39
I think he has been unfairly treated since the day he arrived overweight and looking embarrassed.
It can't be easy being a fringe player with a manager who should be wearing a white coat to go with his brown shoes.
Oh I'm sick to death about calls to buy Charlie Austin, Like he would come here even if blue Bill sanctioned the move.
On current form, we are sliding down the league.
31 Posted 02/01/2016 at 02:15:50
I think it is fair to say that McGeady is not of the class of either Lukaku or Deulofeu. He is not a left-sided player and is not needed with Naismith and Mirallas being better at scoring and Lennon at defensive work. However, this was not the situation at the time of the signing.
I think it also fair to say that despite his shortcomings, his presence has made it possible for Everton to not have to spend money to sign a similar player and instead look to bring in better players the last transfer window, whether successful or not. If Naismith leaves, he may well be important for playing time due to injury or suspension or because neither Lennon or Mirallas can, per RM, play two games in a very short time period due to being sprinters.
32 Posted 02/01/2016 at 03:28:17
33 Posted 02/01/2016 at 08:00:07
34 Posted 02/01/2016 at 08:38:02
To parody an old saying from World War Two, referring to the Americans being stationed in Britain, he's overpaid, overweight and over here! I'd pay someone to take him. He is useless dead weight... 'weight' being the operative word!
35 Posted 02/01/2016 at 08:47:09
36 Posted 02/01/2016 at 09:07:26
He was brought in as a gamble and to beef up the squad, but it hasn't worked out for him and we no longer need him...
37 Posted 02/01/2016 at 10:00:53
38 Posted 02/01/2016 at 10:09:09
40 Posted 02/01/2016 at 10:52:29
They're a poor side with little to no flair and he has credit in the bank for those important qualifier goals away in Georgia or somewhere.
Ireland picked a guy who didn't even have a professional club (Paul Green?!) and played him over Gibson at the last tournament.
41 Posted 02/01/2016 at 11:27:30
42 Posted 02/01/2016 at 11:57:49
You'd think a bottom Premier League club or a promotion-chasing Championship club might be interested; but, seeing as we never play him, he isn't exactly in the shop window.
The pragmatic approach is a loan at some percentage of his wages.
43 Posted 02/01/2016 at 11:59:23
Giving this waster, who was training with Spartak U16s at the time, a 4½-year contract should be a sackable offence.
Spot-on, Andrew, also this clown of a Manager paid a fee for him when he could have signed him on a free a few months later.
44 Posted 02/01/2016 at 12:22:22
Paul Green was out of contact since the end of the previous season, ie, a few weeks previously, so it's it like he'd been without a club long term (though he should still have never got off the bench ahead of Gibson).
McGeady might make the Euro 2016 squad but won't get near the starting XI if not playing regularly. He needs a move though I'm not convinced there'll be a queue of clubs lining up to take a punt on him.
45 Posted 02/01/2016 at 12:48:59
Despite his skill and crossing ability, he is never trusted to even have the 10 mins that Harold would give him.
46 Posted 02/01/2016 at 13:21:44
47 Posted 02/01/2016 at 13:49:09
Andrew #34, I think Jim has put your tabloid-esque sensationalist fact to bed.
48 Posted 02/01/2016 at 14:30:19
Can't even remember his name now but he let his contract run out then called it a day as he had plenty of money but didn't like football.
49 Posted 02/01/2016 at 14:41:29
50 Posted 02/01/2016 at 14:44:19
51 Posted 02/01/2016 at 15:12:29
One thing to think he isn't good enough for the club (as I do), quite another to call him an utter waster.
I looked up the bit about training with the Spartak kids and apparently that was for 'ignoring team orders'. How intriguing! Looked that up and according to Spartak assistant coach Boris Pozdnyakov (no less) "He (McGeady) has repeatedly issued a desire to continue his career in England,"
Should be sacked on the spot.
52 Posted 02/01/2016 at 16:18:01
53 Posted 02/01/2016 at 17:30:17
He'll run down his contract and then go for free. The Euros probably won't interest him: 3 games of which he might get 15 minutes per game, tops. The only way we'll get rid is to keep paying him £50k and Celtic make up the rest.
Martinez is again at fault cos he thought he was repeating the Shaun Maloney trick he pulled off at Wigan. The trouble is, Bobby no-brains, he's a DIFFERENT player... and you're a chancer.
54 Posted 02/01/2016 at 18:19:28
noun: waster; plural noun: wasters
1. a wasteful person or thing.
informal: a person who does little or nothing of value.
Back at you Shane, would you like to argue that McGeady does not fit any of the above?
55 Posted 02/01/2016 at 19:43:47
McGeady was so unfit in January when we signed him that he could only provide cameos until he made his first start for Everton in August (EIGHT MONTHS LATER!).
This is a man who was paid to be a professional sportsman who could not even be bothered to keep himself in shape and be available to play while still being paid handsomely.
56 Posted 02/01/2016 at 19:45:42
Darren Dea, in a summer interview, said McGeady was a problem at Celtic, getting into rows and fistfights with team mates at Celtic.
Roy Keane earlier this year said McGeady "needs to knuckle down and fight for his place at Everton". The inference being that he hasn't knuckled down and isn't fighting for his place.
RM made a fanfare about signing him. We've seen RM stubbornly select his own signings such as Alcaraz and Kone above fan preferred inherited players such as Distin and Mirallas. McGeady is the one exception. Why?
Earlier this season, he had a League Cup game to show his worth and he was terrible and described as disinterested by reporters.
Spartak consigned him to exile because he wouldn't follow orders. He happily stayed there for a few years, picking up his paycheck. Ditto at Everton. Plenty of players such as Rodwell and Sinclair of Man City have agitated for a move and taken a pay cut to get first team football.
We've heard nothing from him or his agent suggesting he is wanting a move from Everton or Spartak so we can assume he's cool with the status quo. Moreover, Celtic this week said they can't sign him because of his wage demands.
Shall I go on? Would you require me to hook him up to a lie detector?
57 Posted 02/01/2016 at 19:46:26
The second of those two definitions could just as easily be applied to you based on your contribution to this thread.
58 Posted 02/01/2016 at 19:55:07
59 Posted 03/01/2016 at 01:27:33
60 Posted 03/01/2016 at 13:09:38
You can't realistically see anybody paying him anywhere near that a week. Unless he wants to go and get first-team football, then we might be stuck with him... sadly.
61 Posted 03/01/2016 at 13:20:52
62 Posted 03/01/2016 at 13:34:22
60,000 is still around £45,000 a week, we've been rinsed here.
63 Posted 03/01/2016 at 13:58:31
Kieran (#52), Darren O'Dea said he got into fist fights with his teammates. Not nice behaviour at all. Constitutes a waster? Don't see how. Big Dunc's a waster or does this definition only apply when it's players on your own team?
Any sentence beginning with "Roy Keane said" shouldn't be included in any argument but it suits yours. Keane criticised Shay Given for playing in friendlies for Ireland as he saw it as just adding to his caps.
Martinez fell out with Distin, so your point about Alcaraz is irrelevant.
Your Spartak one is particularly humorous. He was sent to train with the youth team in September 2013; he joined Everton in the next window. Cracking stuff.
To answer your last question, please don't.
64 Posted 03/01/2016 at 14:39:19
65 Posted 04/01/2016 at 01:18:20
As for Dunc being an example of someone who's not a waster? Not a great one. Yeah he's passionate, he scored some big goals... but he let his talent go to waste with suspensions not to mention a spell in prison.
66 Posted 04/01/2016 at 10:00:57
I'm happy to see him go. He's adding nothing to Everton's team and he's doing his and Ireland's chances at Euro 2016 no good either.
What bothers me is how the likes of you can, continually, sit at a keyboard and insult and throw accusations at someone with little substance. Do you do this elsewhere or are you going to hit me with the fact that McGeady will get over it due to his large pay packet? This is more about people like you rather than McGeady.
If you were basing anything you've said on fact then I'd say maybe you have a right to say it as you see it.
But this name-calling based on what O'Dea and Keane said, not to mention other inaccuracies is out of order, in my opinion.
67 Posted 04/01/2016 at 21:54:02
I think he is a good player who could be galvanised by an arm round the shoulder. If I was Villa coach I'd buy Naismith and take McGeady on loan.
68 Posted 04/01/2016 at 22:18:46
Would you mind posting a link to these comments where O'Dea says McGeady was a negative influence by getting into punch ups in training.
A quick internet search around O'Dea, McGeady and fist fights only brings up old news about the two boys themselves and Scott Brown being attacked outside a night club by, ahem..."rival fans" (which by the way is a better indicator of why McGeady might not want to go near Glasgow again rather than anything to do with wages)
I'm genuinely curious as to what O'Dea said, since him and McGeady were, by all accounts, good mates in their Celtic days.
69 Posted 05/01/2016 at 02:32:01
70 Posted 05/01/2016 at 12:48:03
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