David Moyes is mulling over a swap deal involving Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Irish international Aiden McGeady. Currently plying his trade in Russia with Spartak Moscow, McGeady is thought to be eyeing a move back closer to home despite succeeding in Russia.
Bilyaletdinov has struggled at Goodison Park ever since his 2009 transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow. His fee at the time was an estimated £8.9m which is the third most expensive signing in Everton history, behind Yakubu and Marouane Fellaini.
His inability to secure a first team spot has been for a number reasons. Firstly, Bilyaletdinov was given little opportunity in the side when Steven Pienaar, Mikel Arteta and Leon Osman were on form during the last few years.
Following Pienaar’s January exit to Spurs this year, the Russian was allowed time on the pitch. He did however fail to consistently produce the goods and was more often than not substituted.
Moyes’ failure to play Bilyaletdinov in his favoured position just behind the strikers has consigned him to the left wing. The midfielder’s inability to deliver has consigned himself to the bench.
A swap for McGeady, a player who would slot right into Bilyaletdinov’s left wing slot, is a very attractive proposition for the Toffees boss David Moyes. So publicly bereft of funds, being able to bring in a player that cost £9.5m less than a year ago, without splashing out, would be a dream come true for the Glaswegian.
And McGeady, a Glaswegian himself, is said to be exciting at the prospect of meeting and working with one of the city’s best exports.
Spartak are just the latest in a seemingly endless list of Russian team interested in Bilyaletdinov. Like CSKA, Dinamo and Lokomotiv Moscow before them, Spartak aim to bring the winger back to the city of his birth.
For his own part, Bilyaletdinov will only be too aware of warnings issued from national coach Dick Advocaat that he must be playing to maintain his place in the side. What better chance to showcase himself than by returning to the league where he was voted Best Young Player in his first full season.