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McGeady set to join Everton

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Aiden McGeady moved to Spartak from Celtic in 2010 © PA Photos
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Everton have agreed a deal to sign winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow.

The Republic of Ireland international was paraded on the pitch at Goodison Park before their Premier League game against Norwich on Saturday.

McGeady's contract with Spartak runs out in June, and he has been able to negotiate with other clubs since January 1.

Everton have decided to pay an undisclosed fee to complete the deal now, rather than wait until the summer to sign him on a free transfer.

Manager Roberto Martinez has long been an admirer of McGeady, having tried to sign him when he was in charge at Wigan.

"Spartak and Everton have reached an agreement in principle on the transfer of 27-year-old midfielder Aiden McGeady to the English club," read a statement on Spartak's official website.

"Spartak Moscow thanks Aiden for the years he has spent with the team and wishes him success in his future career."

McGeady, who moved to Spartak from Celtic in 2010, said in June that he was ready to quit Russia.

He said at the time: "I don't want to spend another four or five years there.

"Nothing to do with being there but, as I've said before, I'd like to try somewhere else. Maybe England.

"It's not the easiest place to live. It's okay for me, I find it okay but it can be difficult for your family and that's obviously a big factor as well."

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