Everton midfielder Aiden McGeady is set to leave Goodison Park in the last hours of the January transfer window. The 29-year-old has reportedly attracted interest from a number of clubs in the Championship, including Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United. Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed he is on the cusp of a loan transfer.
McGeady has played just 46 minutes for Everton this season and he hopes that more regular first-team football will help his bid to play for the Republic of Ireland at this summer's European Championships.
"It seems very close," Martinez said following Everton's FA Cup win over Carlisle on 31 January. "We've agreed terms with two teams in the Championship. It's just a matter of time before one of the deals is clinched."
Martinez accepted McGeady needs to play more first-team football than has been the case this season at Everton. "Aiden needs to play and it's a really good opportunity for him to do that in a very demanding fixture list for a team that can get a really good tempo into Aiden for the Euros," the Everton manager told ITV.
"That will make sure he comes back having had a good period of football and of having an impact for whichever team he joins."
McGeady follows fellow midfielder Steven Naismith in leaving Everton during the January transfer window. However, Martinez recently claimed players would only exit the club because his squad was too big, rather than because of financial demands.