Everton & Celtic In Battle To Land Republic of Ireland Winger In Cut-Price Deal

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Both clubs are keen to lure Republic star back to Britain. 

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Everton and Glasgow Celtic are set to go head to head for the signature of Spartak Moscow wide man Aiden McGeady when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year after his employers revealed that they would be willing to offload the Irishman in January, according to reports in the Daily Star.

McGeady has been with the Russian champions now since August 2010, when the 27-year-old joined Spartak from Celtic on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of £9.5 million.

And in the intervening three-year period, McGeady has impressed greatly in the Russian capital, registering an eye-catching 13 goals and 29 assists in his 89 matches in total in all competitions for Spartak, including 11 goals and 24 assists in his 68 league encounters.

However, with the Republic of Ireland international’s contract in Moscow now set to run out on June 30 2014, Spartak have revealed that they would be happy to let McGeady leave the club at the turn of the year for a nominal fee, rather than risk losing the player on a free at the end of this season.

And it appears as though the Toffees and the Scottish Premier League champions will now battle it out to land the Irishman.

“The club is willing to discuss a new contract for Aiden at any time,” Spartak’s general director, Roman Askhabadze, told a Scottish national newspaper.

“But if we get a good offer this winter, we would be willing to consider it.”

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