Any hopes of Celtic tying up a deal (need to get that in the transfer window dictionary) for Aiden McGeady are dead in the water. Ronny Deila had made it clear last week that a deal would be very difficult to complete given the fact that McGeady's wages are far in excess of what Celtic are prepared to pay.
There had been a hope that a loan deal could be agreed with Everton at least part funding the Irish internationals wages but it now seems abundantly clear that won't be happening. McGeady is thought to earn somewhere in the region of £50,000 a week with Everton and the Daily Record are reporting that the Premier League club won't be helping out by subsidising that to smooth through a Parkhead return.
Celtic may be out of the equation but one way or another, McGeady looks set to leave Goodison Park this month with a loan deal looking most likely. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are aiming to get both McGeady and fellow Ireland international Darron Gibson off the wage bill during this transfer window.
Neither player is at the forefront of Roberto Martinez' thinking and it would seem that with Euro 2016 on the horizon, a loan for both players would suit all parties. It's just a matter of where and not if. McGeady is said to be hoping for a move to a Premier League club but it seems that interest from the top division is not currently forthcoming with a short term deal with a Championship side looking most likely.
As for Gibson, the Echo are reporting that it may be easier for him to stay in the Premier League with Aston Villa and Sunderland registering an interest in the central midfielder.