Wednesday loan McGeady from Everton

Wednesday loan McGeady from Everton

Sheffield Wednesday have today moved to bolster their attacking ranks with the eye-catching signing of Aiden McGeady from Everton.

McGeady, 29, helped the Toffees to their best Premier League points total in 2014 but has since fallen out of favour under beleaguered boss Roberto Martinez.

The Irishman joins Wednesday until the end of the season.

Having rejected moves to Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United, he hopes to use his spell to force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans for Euro 2016.

McGeady made his name at Celtic in a seven year spell, winning three league and four cup competitions, as well as a collection of personal accolades including the SPL Player of the Year.

His exciting wing-play attracted the attention of a succession of Republic managers including Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and later Gio Trapattoni.

Remarkably, he became the most expensive player purchased from a Scottish club when he moved to Spartak Moscow in 2010 for £9.5m.

McGeady challenges Cesc Fabregas in a Champions League game for Spartak

McGeady challenges Cesc Fàbregas in a Champions League game for Spartak (Telegraph)

McGeady drifted from the collective memory of British football but continued nevertheless to build his reputation in a four year spell in Eastern Europe.

He returned to Britain in January 2014, joining Everton for an undisclosed fee.

He quickly became a backup player to Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Delofeu and has only made one appearance this season.

McGeady is still in his physical prime at 29 and brings a wealth of experience to the Wednesday squad.

He has played over fifty games in European competition, reaching the Champions League knock-out stages on multiple occasions. He has five international goals in 79 appearances.

Vying for his place in the Wednesday side is Ross Wallace, who has impressed this season and is amongst the leading assist makers in the Championship having set up seven goals for fellow team-mates.

With Marco Matias returning to fitness, Wednesday suddenly have a number of natural wing players on both flanks to utilise in what will be a key run of games in the push for promotion.

Wiggins: not to be with Wednesday

Wiggins: not to be with Wednesday (SWFC)

In other transfer news, Rhoys Wiggins will today complete an unlikely return to AFC Bournemouth.

The Welshman has received criticism from sections of Wednesday support in despite his limited opportunities behind first choice Daniel Pudil.

He is thought to be close to signing for the Cherries on a two-and-a-half year contract for a nominal fee as Wednesday look to reduce their wage bill.

Wednesday are thought to be chasing the signature of an unknown second player on deadline day.

With Carlos Carvahal publicly stating that only experienced players are on the clubs radar, it follows that there are only a small number of relevant players available.

Graham Dorrans is available to Championship clubs on loan, as is Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry. Could either of these the second player on Wednesday’s radar?

Or could Wednesday be about to continue their new close association with Watford? The Hornets have today agreed an £8m fee with Rennes to sign Abdoulaye Docoure and would need to move on foreign player from their 25-man squad.

Guedioura rests on the fringe of the Watford squad having made only ten appearances this season.

Hugh
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