Everton boss Roberto Martinez refused to rule out a potential move for Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady in January.

The Republic of Ireland international has admitted he wants to leave his Russian club and play in the Premier League and Martinez did little to quell speculation about a move to Everton.

The former Celtic player joined Spartak Moscow for around £10million in three years ago but his contract expires next summer and it seems he will not renew it.

Martinez is thought to be an admirer of McGeady and refused to deny the possibility of bringing the 27-year-old to Goodison when the transfer window opens, according to espnfc.com.

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, who has played 61 times for his country, has previously told the Guardian that he is ready to leave Russia in order to play in the Premier League.

“When I am with the Ireland squad sometimes I look at the guys who are playing in England and feel a bit jealous,” he said.

“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.”

Everton have enjoyed an excellent start to this season's Premier League and are currently seventh, just one point behind Chelsea in a congested top half of the table.

The Toffees travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday before they face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on 23 November.


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