Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out a move for Aiden McGeady as he considers his January transfer plans.
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The Republic of Ireland winger has alerted Martinez by admitting publicly that he is ready to leave Spartak Moscow and wants to play in the Premier League.
McGeady, who joined Spartak from Celtic in August 2010, is out of contract next summer, and does not plan to renew his deal.
Martinez is an admirer of the 27-year-old, who has won 61 caps for his country, and did not dismiss the possibility of a move for him when asked.
The Everton boss said: “I would never talk about players who are registered with other clubs, out of respect. I’m not going to start now. We’ve still got a few weeks before we start talking about those rumours.
“But as a football club, we will always keep an eye on any potential targets. Our fans will be the first ones to know when there’s anything to announce.”
McGeady, born in Scotland but qualified to play for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents, told the Guardian earlier this week that he was looking to play in England.
He said: “When I am with the Ireland squad sometimes I look at the guys who are playing in England and feel a bit jealous.
“I feel I could be in the back of people’s minds now, that I could be forgotten about. People ask me: ‘Where are you playing now? Oh, are you still there?’
“I have made no secret of the fact that one day I would like to play in England. I would be disappointed if I never get the chance to do that.
“I didn’t think I would be here this long, I didn’t see myself being here longer than a couple of years. But no footballer really looks four or five years ahead.”