Spanish Football Transfer Gossip
La Liga Review doubts Scottish press reports that the Republic of Ireland and Celtic Winger Aiden McGeady is a target for Spanish side Espanyol …
'The Sunday Mail' claims that Espanyol have been watching the talented 21 year old for the last three months and that they will be tracking his progress until the end of the season, with a view to making a bid in June. The paper also claims that Espanyol have "plenty cash to spend and will not be put off by the asking price in excess of £11million."
It is undoubtedly true that the player would have won many admirers with his Champions League performance in Barcelona last Tuesday: he looked quick, confident in possession and eager to challenge his defender at every opportunity. After the match, FC Barcelona's Sylvinho said "McGeady has the kind of qualities required to play in La Liga. It would be good for him to come to Spain. He would learn more and become stronger by playing at this level."
However, contrary to the Scottish press reports, La Liga Review understands that the player is considered to be well out of reach when it comes to Espanyol's modest budget. The Catalan club do not have "plenty of cash" and the starting valuation of 15 million Euros is way beyond their means. Furthermore, with the player having caught the eye in the Champions League this season and the fact that McGeady is contracted at Parkhead until summer 2011, LLR's sources at Espanyol claim that the club is aware that the chances of Espanyol actually signing McGeady, ahead of a host of other admirers, would be very slim indeed.