Everton winger Aiden McGeady is pondering offers from the Premier League, according to Leeds United boss Steve Evans, who is becoming increasingly despondent over the chances of signing the Republic of Ireland international. McGeady has been made available for a loan deal until the end of the season having played just 45 minutes for the Toffees this season.
The 29-year-old's lack of football this campaign, which has seen him feature just once under Roberto Martinez – in a Capital One Cup tie at Barnsley – has drawn questions over his position in Ireland's squad for the European Championships. The Spanish boss says the player is free to leave the club ahead of the major tournament, but no further progress has been made.
Evans has confirmed his interest in acquiring McGeady until at least the end of the season but is weary of a throng of Premier League sides also enquiring after the ex-Celtic wideman. The Leeds gaffer has not had any update on the future of the player for over a week and is downcast over any bid to complete a deal in the January transfer window.
"Speaking to Aiden's representatives, he may have options in the Premier League," Evans said, according to the Irish Mirror. "I do like Aiden McGeady but there has been no further chat with him in the last 10 days.
"But if he were to consider a Championship club then Leeds must be at the front of that thought process – we're the biggest, most outstanding club in the league. That doesn't mean we're top of the league but we're the big club that players look at.
"We will only bring in players who can improve us and are affordable and give us value for money. We have to spend our money wisely. I would like one more option in the wide area, someone who can play either side on any given day and I have one or two in mind."
Leeds have already made five signings during the January window as they seek to build towards next season, with Toumani Diagouraga from Brentford the latest addition. Liam Birdcutt and Mustapha Carayol have already joined on loan until the end of the campaign.
Martinez has made no secret of his desire to allow McGeady to leave in order to enhance his international aspirations. Darron Gibson has also been instructed to find a new club, having not made a single Premier League start this term.
"The conversation is clearly between the players and ourselves," said Martinez, according to the Irish Mirror. "There is a sense of trying to help them and that's why we're looking to do something. They are both very experienced and should be playing more minutes in the first team. That happens. Sometimes you're out of favour or you are not participating as much as you want.
"That's why, with the big summer, with the Euros ahead, we need to take that into consideration. But it goes down to ultimately what the players want to do and see if there is a possibility they are happy to take. If not they will be professional and be wanting to help the team and they'll be available."