A rather surprising story emerged towards the tail end of the transfer window, as Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady looked to have been offered a route into Spanish football from his former manager at Spartak Moscow, Unai Emery, and Sevilla.
It would have been interesting to see how McGeady fared in Spain, but it did seem as though he would be making the move purely as backup to the likes of Yevhen Konoplyanka when what he really needs is game time from the start, and sure enough it appears as though that deal will no longer be going through.
Speaking after his Everton side brushed Carlisle aside by a score of 3-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, Roberto Martinez revealed that the club had accepted two loan offers from Championship sides for the Irishman:
We've agreed terms with two teams in the Championship. It's just a matter of time before one of the deals is clinched.
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 Euro 2016.
That will make sure he comes back having had a good period of football and of having an impact for whichever team he joins.
Martinez did not name who the two clubs were, but you can safely presume that it is one of Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, or Sheffield Wendesday, who have all been linked in recent weeks.
For Aiden McGeady it is all about where he will have the best chance to move straight into the first team, as Martin O'Neill had previously stated that the former Celtic man's contribution, particularly early on in the campaign with his match winning heroics in Georgia, would not be quickly forgotten, but at the same time the Ireland manager acknowledged that he couldn't take players that were not playing with their clubs to Euro 2016.
It will likely go down to the final day of the window, but Aiden McGeady is heading for the Championship.