In what Everton fans will see as a smart move by manager Roberto Martinez the Toffee’s have signed Irish international Aiden McGeady to a four-and-a-half year contract at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard was planning to sign the 27-year-old during the summer when his contract expired with the Russians but for some as yet unknown reason decided to sign him in January for an undisclosed fee.

McGeady when talking to Everton TV said of the move: ‘It has sort of been a long time coming. There was talk over the summer that something might happen but I am just delighted that it’s done and dusted now.

‘I was close to joining the manager a year ago when he was at Wigan. He plays football the right way and has got a few good results along the way.

‘I just want to play for a big club like this and I am relishing the challenge.

‘I have said for a long time now that I want to try myself in the Premier League. Now I have a big chance at a great club, under a good manager.

‘I couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream move really.’