Aiden McGeady in Sunderland talks, Liverpool's latest target and all today's transfer gossip

The Republic of Ireland international is inching closer to a switch to the Stadium of Light.

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HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…

Aiden McGeady could be on his way to Sunderland with the Black Cats keen on bringing the winger to the Stadium of Light on a permanent deal, as well as taking some other Everton fringe players on loan.

McGeady enjoyed a superb 2016-17 season on loan with Preston, walking off with the club’s Player of the Year award and admitted the spell had reignited his career.

“It has been the best thing that has happened to me in the last few years”, he told Preston’s official website.

But, he also acknowledged a permanent switch to the club was out of his hands.

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger is talking to Chelsea with the 24-year-old a top priority for the club after attempts to bring in Virgil van Dijk or Leonard Bonucci proved problematic.

Meanwhile, Chelsea remain in the hunt for another defender – Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. They’re willing to fork out a club record of £60m for the 26-year-old Brazilian.

Liverpool are keeping tabs on Nice left-back Henrique Dalbert. With James Milner having filled in – remarkably well, admittedly – last season, Jurgen Klopp badly needs a specialist full-back but a move for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy never properly materialised. So, the 23-year-old Dalbert – who shone for Lucien Favre’s side last term as they finished third in Ligue 1 – is now top of the shopping list.

Ligue 1 - PSG vs Nice - Paris Dalbert, pictured in action for Nice against Paris Saint-Germain. Source: Liewig Christian/ABACA

Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has said a move for Alexis Sanchez is ‘probably not feasible’ with the Chilean constantly linked with a move away from the Emirates.

Hoeness admitted that a £20m euro salary for the 28-year-old would be too steep for the German giants while he’s also confirmed that club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hasn’t discussed a potential move with him yet, which means the deal is not a priority for Bayern.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Everton v Villarreal - Goodison Park Source: Martin Rickett

Could Wayne Rooney make an Everton comeback? Some reports are suggesting the Manchester United attacker is ‘intrigued’ by the possibility of a return to Goodison Park while the heavy-spending Toffees are very keen. United’s lack of a centre-forward and Romelu Lukaku’s situation on Merseyside makes a possible deal all the more interesting.

Retro Deal of the Day: Henrik Larsson to Manchester United

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Manchester United v Aston Villa - Old Trafford Source: Neal Simpson

The former Swedish striker says the two-month stint at Old Trafford is his only regret – he should’ve stayed for a lot longer.

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He was 35 and playing for Helsingborg when Manchester United reached out and persuaded him to sign in January 2007, returning to Sweden in March for the start of the league season.   Because of injuries to Alan Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Sir Alex Ferguson was short on attacking options and – after wanting him for a long time – he finally got his man.

“I have always admired Larsson,” Ferguson said.

“I made a move for him when he was at Celtic but then they managed to persuade him to stay.”

Larsson scored on his debut – an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa and grabbed his first – and only – Premier League goal against Watford at the end of January. He also netted in a Champions League tie with Lille.

In all, he made 13 appearances for the club and scored three times.

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