Everton will look to sign Aiden McGeady on a pre-contract agreement in January rather than meet Spartak Moscow's demands for a transfer fee for the Republic of Ireland international.
McGeady is out of contract at the end of this season with Spartak and the Everton manager, Roberto Martínez, is a long-standing admirer of the 27-year-old, who he tried to sign for his former club Wigan Athletic last season.
Martínez wants to increase his midfield options when the transfer window reopens and moves for McGeady and Landon Donovan have been considered, with Everton interested in re-signing the USA international for a third loan spell.
But with Spartak seeking to recoup some of the £9.5m they paid Celtic for McGeady in 2010, Everton will explore the winger's willingness to sign a pre-contract deal instead. The midfielder was recently suspended from training with the first team at Spartak for an indefinite period by the coach, Valery Karpin, and has indicated he has no plans to sign a contract extension in Moscow.