Preston North End have swooped to sign Everton winger Aiden McGeady in a season-long loan deal.
The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international has struggled for game time at Goodison Park in recent months and finished last season on loan at North End’s Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
The former Celtic and Spartak Moscow man has now been told by new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman that he is surplus to requirements.
He is PNE’s third signing of deadline day after the arrivals of defensive duo Marnick Vermijl and Alex Baptiste.
At one point during the day he looked set to join Danish side Odense BK but North End moved quickly to get their man.
McGeady completed the deal from Dublin where he was preparing for international duty with Martin O’Neill’s squad.
The 85-cap wide man was due to be involved with Robbie Keane’s final game for his country against Oman but was granted leave from the squad to finalise the paperwork.
He will remain with Ireland for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Monday before joining up with his new teammates for the first time later next week ahead of the game at home to Barnsley on September 10.