FORMER Celtic star is poised to rejoin ex-Preston boss Simon Grayson at Sunderland.
The Republic of Ireland international midfielder still has a year of his Everton contract to run, but has been told he has no future at the club by Goodison gaffer Ronald Koeman.
McGeady, earning £45,000-per-month at the Merseyside outfit, spent last season on loan in the Championship after Grayson took him to Deepdale.
However, the manager has now quit North End to take over from Davie Moyes after Aberdeen chief Derek McInnes knocked back a move to Wearside.
The 31-year-old playmaker netted eight goals in 32 league appearances for the Lancashire club and was named Preston’s Player of the Season.
McGeady, who was signed for the Merseyside outfit by Roberto Martinez from Spartak Moscow in 2014, hasn’t started a Premier League game since January 2015.
Grayson is hoping to make the player his first signing for the club as they bid to make a quickfire return to the top flight after last season’s relegation.
McGeady praised the ex-Leeds coach during the campaign and said: “I’m happy with how things have gone, I like playing under the manager who has been good for me.
“I’ve gone from not playing to getting my confidence back and playing the way I can.
“I remember before my debut, the manager said to me to go and play like I did three or four years ago when everyone was talking about me and I got the move to Russia.”
Preston and Middlesbrough, who also shed their Premier League status last term, are watching developments.
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