Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly chasing one of their former loan players this month, but it is something manager Garry Monk must steer well clear of for a multitude of reasons.
According to the Sunderland Echo, the Owls are one of several teams interested in Black Cats winger Aiden McGeady with Middlesbrough and Hull City also keen.
The former Celtic winger has been told that he has no future on Wearside and that he can leave the club with manager Phil Parkinson forcing him to train with the U23 squad.
Blackpool are said to have enquired about his services, but it appears his high wages would be a significant problem, which is where the first warning sign should be flagged for Wednesday.
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Another issue is the fact that the wide man has 18 months still to run on his deal, so it’s likely that he will need to be paid out of that or some sort of fee will be involved. Given that the Owls boss has confirmed he is looking at the loan market this month, it’s unlikely that they have money to offer a deal.
And then there’s his age. He will be 34 by the time we reach the end of the season, considering the south Yorkshiremen currently rank as the second oldest squad in the Championship, it doesn’t seem like the wisest long-term investment.
Wednesday fans will also know him well from a terrible loan spell in 2016 where he joined from Everton with ex-manager Carlos Carvalhal reportedly a long-time admirer of the winger.
McGeady scored one goal and provided no assists in 13 appearances, resulting in him being axed from all of their playoff matches that season.
Ultimately, a reunion with the £2.25m-valued former loan flop would be a financial disaster for the club, and that alone should be enough to put off Monk from securing his signature this month