Everton boss Roberto Martinez has set his sights on Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady, and hopes the Irish winger will sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a summer move to Goodison Park this January, according to the Daily Express.
McGeady is out of contract with the Russian club in the summer, and has so far refused to sign a new deal.
This means the former Celtic man is allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club this January, or even agree a cut price move.
Everton lead the race for his signature at present, as McGeady is keen to work with Martinez.
The Spanish coach tried to sign him during his time at Wigan, and the prospect of playing for him in a team challenging for the top four is his most appealing option.
McGeady joined Spartak Moscow for £9.5million from Celtic in 2010, and has been one of the league’s stand out performers. However, the Irishman is currently suspended from the first team for failing to follow coach Valery Karpin’s instructions during training and matches.
Spartak Moscow are now resigned to losing McGeady, and would rather recoup some money for him by selling in January.
However the 27-year-old has indicated he intends to see out the remainder of his contract with the Russian club and walk away for nothing in the summer.