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Aiden McGeady Set For Preston Stay After Everton Set Reasonable Asking Price

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 31: Preston North End's Aidan McGeady under pressure from Cardiff City's Lee Peltier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Preston North End at Cardiff City Stadium on January 31, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Aiden McGeady could be set for a permanent move to Preston, as the Liverpool Echo are reporting that Everton have requested just £2million pounds for the winger.

A return to his parent club looks highly unlikely despite an exceptional season in the Championship for the Irish international. McGeady scored eight goals and created 8 assists for Preston, in what was a renaissance for the winger as he was named the club’s Player of the Season.

McGeady joined Everton in 2014 but struggled initially under Roberto Martinez and then Ronald Koeman. With a year to run on his contract, Everton will look to cash in on the Scottish-born 31 year old who has expressed his openness to staying at Deepdale.

“I’ve said it before, I would like to stay here (Preston) ”

“Ultimately, I’m probably not going to have the final say but I’m in a strong position with Everton because I know they don’t want me.”

However, other clubs will have taken notice of McGeady’s impressive form with £2m a very small asking price in modern day football, especially for a player approaching 90 caps for his country. Preston would seem the likely destination given McGeady’s improvements under manager Simon Grayson, who seems to have gotten the best out of the former Celtic player.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Aiden McGeady of Preston celebrates scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End at Galpharm Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Huddersfield, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Should McGeady stay at Deepdale, the strong Irish contingent will be maintained. Daryl Horgan has impressed since joining from Dundalk, often taking his place on the opposite flank to his compatriot. Alan Browne and Greg Cunningham also enjoyed terrific seasons for the Lillywhites while Andy Boyle and Irish-eligible Callum Robinson are also on the books at the club.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

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