Blackpool manager discusses possible January swoop for 33-y/o

Simon Grayson has hinted he might be interested in signing Aiden McGeady following his apparent fallout with Phil Parkinson.

McGeady, arguably the best player the Black Cats boasted last season, has been made available for transfer and is likely to seek pastures new in the winter. The winger played through a broken foot at the tail end of last season, impacting his effectiveness this campaign.

That wouldn’t put Grayson off signing the Eire international having worked with him at Sunderland in the past.

“I’ve said many a time that McGeady is probably one of the most talented players I’ve worked with during all my time as a manager,” he told the Blackpool Gazette.

“Some of the things he could do on the training pitch, some of the things he could do in match-day situations – both at Preston and at times at Sunderland – showed what a fantastic player he is.”

Grayson also had the wide man at Preston North End and, having seen him banished from the Academy of Light, Grayson was tight-lipped but speculative when discussing a possible move.

“What a career he has had at Premier League level, he was out in Russia and he’s had nearly 100 caps for Ireland as well. He’s a fantastic player. Would he want to come here and would I want him to come here? You know me, I’m not going to answer that am I?”

Blackpool are currently fourth in League One, eight points behind leaders Wycombe.

Our View

The big problem here would be wages. McGeady is a big earner and whether Blackpool could afford to bring him in would be the question on everyone’s lips.

Personally, I think Sunderland are mad to be casting him aside. He’s such a talent and he carried them during the second half of last season. I wonder if there is more of a financial implication to his recent troubles.

He’ll make a great addition to any League One side that can afford to sign him, but surely teams in the MLS and maybe even China’s Super League will be watching closely.


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