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Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

07:34 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 31 January 2013

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to push through a late 5million move for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the Latics were looking to bring in McGeady on loan from Spartak Moscow, but now the Daily Mirror are reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent deal.

McGeady will have to take a pay cut from the 70,000-a-week wage he earns in the Russian capital, but the former Celtic man is thought to be keen on a move back to Britain.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Spartak and the
club are ready to cash in on the man they paid for 9.5m for back in August 2010.

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

McGeady, who has 57 caps for his country, is wanted by Martinez to help Wigan's survival bid and it is thought the Spaniard has beaten Sunderland to his signature.

Graham Poll: Italy have taken full advantage of weak refereeing

Italy have taken full advantage of weak refereeing

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UPDATED:

22:04 GMT, 22 June 2012

Italy's players seem to be enjoying
the new, lighter approach from referees at this tournament. They appear
to be using it to their advantage.

Andy Townsend was right in Friday's Sportsmail to highlight the 'dark arts' tactics employed by
the Azzurri, especially noticeable at set-pieces when they hold
opponents and block runs.

Foul play: Italy's Federico Balzaretti, left, with a uncoventional tackle on Ireland's Aiden McGeady

Foul play: Italy's Federico Balzaretti, left, with a uncoventional tackle on Ireland's Aiden McGeady

I refereed Italy v Croatia at a major tournament – just like Howard Webb did in Poznan on June 14. Mine was a 2002 World Cup match, which Croatia won 2-1.

So much went on that my assistant was confused as to what was a foul and what was not. He disallowed an Italian goal for holding – replays later showed the offence was the other way round!

Incredibly there has only been one penalty and only three red cards in the first 25 games in Ukraine and Poland, despite plenty of offences usually worthy of punishment.

Teams will be well aware of this as the players seek any advantage they can to progress. Weak refereeing, while popular with spectators in the short term, does lead to issues throughout the game over the longer term.

Don't be surprised if we see some controversial incidents in the latter stages.

Shane Long lauds "massive" win for Republic of Ireland

Long lauds 'massive' result after scoring winner in Bosnia clash

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UPDATED:

17:26 GMT, 26 May 2012

Shane Long believes his winning goal in the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina could be important in the long run as the Republic of Ireland head to their Euro 2012 training camp.

The West Brom striker's 78th-minute header secured a 1-0 win.

Giovanni Trapattoni's squad depart for their pre-tournament training camp in Montecatini, Italy on Sunday.

Heads, you win: Long scores the winner for the Republic of Ireland

Heads, you win: Long scores the winner for the Republic of Ireland

Long said: 'The gaffer put me on to get the winner and luckily I was on the end of a brilliant Aiden McGeady cross.'

Asked how important victory could be psychologically, Long said: 'It's massive.

'We joined up on Sunday, and we wanted to get off on a good foot today and get a bit of a roll going before we go to Poznan (Ireland's Euro 2012 base).

'Job well done. We go on to Hungary on June 4 and we'll try to get a win there and get a bit of confidence going.

On target: Long celebrates after scoring the winning goal

On target: Long celebrates after scoring the winning goal

'The whole country's getting right behind us.

'They're all coming over to support us. Hopefully we'll give them something to shout about.'

Trapattoni's men might have won more comfortably in front of a crowd of 37,100 with the post, the bar and the heroics of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic denying them.

In charge: Trapattoni led Ireland to their 13th game unbeaten

In charge: Trapattoni led Ireland to their 13th game unbeaten

The win extended Ireland's unbeaten run to 13 games, and came against a team Trapattoni selected because of their similarity to the teams his players must face this summer – Croatia, Spain and Italy.

McGeady said on Sky Sports 4: 'It was tough but we're glad with the win. 'Bosnia had a few chances in the first half but in the second half we got chances ourselves and it could have been three or four.'

Richard Dunne was exhausted as he came off with 20 minutes to go, one of six substitutions made by Trapattoni, who introduced McGeady for the second half.

The veteran defender said: 'I was just tired in the sun. It's so hot, it takes it out of you.

'Today was good. When Aiden came on he changed the game and really opened them up.

'The atmosphere among us is really good. To win games obviously builds that.

'It's nice to win our final game in Dublin, to keep the crowd interested and excited for what's to come.

'We know against eastern European sides it's always hard.

'They're a tough side to play against, they're technically very good.

'But we've coped and we've kept a clean sheet and that's the big thing for us.'

Aiden McGeady hits out at Roy Keane

McGeady lashes out at Keane after criticism from former Ireland captain

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UPDATED:

10:32 GMT, 23 May 2012

Winger Aiden McGeady has hit back at criticism from former Republic of Ireland skipper Roy Keane.

Keane used a newspaper column to question the 26-year-old Spartak Moscow midfielder's form for his country as he prepares for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

But McGeady said: 'Roy Keane He says enough anyway. I played with him at Celtic and that was bad enough.

Say what Aiden McGeady was not impressed with Roy Keane's criticism

Say what Aiden McGeady was not impressed with Roy Keane's criticism

'He is just one of those guys who has something to say about everything. I got on with him as a guy, but he is just one of those guys who has an opinion on everything.

'I never saw it, but they [former players] are entitled to their opinion.

'Over the qualifying campaign, I was probably not great in every game, but I know – not being big headed – that I was probably one of the main players.

'When other people talk about the 'final ball', that is their opinion, but who set up more goals than me in the qualifiers

'Possibly because I don't get one [cross] in every time, I get criticised.'