North End Outmuscled By Middlesbrough?
Preston's hopes of signing Aiden McGeady - albeit with the former North End loanee surplus to requirements at parent club Everton - look as if they'll fail due to the fact Middlesbrough are reportedly interested.
According to the Irish Independent, McGeady will remain at this level, leaving Everton a year from the end of his contract at Goodison Park, but this isn't going to see a return to Deepdale as the Irishman is 'expected to continue his Championship career away from Preston North End.'
His £40,000 a week wages always surpassed what Preston could offer, putting this potential deal in doubt. However, McGeady would be aware he'll have to take a pay cut to secure a Championship move anywhere but a number of potential Championship suitors look a more likely destination than North End if it comes down to financial muscle.
Garry Monk's Middlesbrough are seen as the main threat to Preston's hopes of a McGeady deal.
What could work in Preston's favour is the fact the Irish Independent also reports Middlesbrough's interest in McGeady, 31, dates back before the appointment of Monk. The new Boro boss might not hold the interest others previous had in North End's Player of the Year.
If it comes down to money the Republic of Ireland international isn't going to join Preston. However, if McGeady wants to continue his career at a club he enjoyed a highly successful spell with last season then North End's the place to be.