EVERTON and Ireland winger Aiden McGeady has joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 29-year-old, who has made 43 appearances for the Toffees since arriving at Goodison Park two years ago, has featured in only one game this season.
The Glasgow-born player will be Wednesday's latest recruit and manager Carlos Carvalhal is confidant McGeady’s experience will give the team boost.
The Portuguese native previously tried to sign him while head coach of Sporting Lisbon.
“I’m very happy because first of all, we only want to bring in players if they can improve the team,” Carvalhal said.
“He is a player that adds extra quality and a player I know very, very well because when he played at Celtic, I was coach of Sporting and I tried to bring him to the club but it was not possible at that moment.
“I am happy because he is a player that can improve the team and he will help us in the second part of the season, absolutely sure.
“He’s played in different cultures, he understand different systems and different ways to play.”
With Ireland just months away from Euro 2016, Carvalhal said McGeady’s desire to represent his country will drive him to perform well on the pitch.
“He has a big personal challenge because he wants to be at the Euros with his national team and to us, this kind of player is important because they are hungry to play,” he added.
“He brings quality to us, he can play on the left, the right or behind the striker.”
McGeady began is career at Celtic, making his senior debut for the Scottish club in 2004 at the age of 18.
He became a regular starter, making a total of 251 appearances, and winning four Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups.
McGeady joined Spartak in 2010 for a reported fee of £9.5m and went on to become Everton boss Roberto Martinez's first signing of the January transfer window in 2014, making his debut that month against West Brom.
In his 11-year international career McGeady has won 76 caps for Ireland, and it has been speculated that he could make his Wednesday debut in Tuesday's home game against Burnley.
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