Simon Grayson has hinted that Irish winger Aiden McGeady could become his first signing as manager of newly-relegated Sunderland, according to eirSport.

The 31-year-old winger joined Preston on loan last season and scored 8 goals in 34 games for The Lilywhites, even picking up a Championship Player of the Month award after a scintillating run of form in the second half of the season.

Preston fans were hopeful the club would bring him back on a permanent basis after the Irish international found himself out of favour with parent club Everton, but Simon Grayson’s switch to Sunderland seems to have scuppered any chance of a permanent switch over to Deepdale.

In an earlier interview, Grayson said: “Well, there you go, two players [Jordan Hugill and Aiden McGeady] I’ve worked with before and people have been linked with me.”

He went on to say: “Time will tell if they land on our doorstep”, hinting that a move to sign the Republic of Ireland international wouldn’t be out of the question.

He did, however, indicate that he wouldn’t be raiding former club Preston this summer, and will hope to look elsewhere to add depth to the squad as he begins to build his squad at Sunderland.

“Time will tell whether we go back to Preston, but I’ve got a huge amount of respect for that football club and I don’t want to do too much to harm that. I’ve already taken my assistant manager [Glynn Snodin] from there, so maybe not too many there.”


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