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McGeady has no Premier plans

AIDEN McGEADY has laughed off reports that he's on his way out of Russia before the close of the January transfer window.

The Ireland international has just started pre-season training with his Spartak Moscow team-mates ahead of the resumption of the Russian season in March, but it had been claimed that McGeady would join an English Premier League club on loan in January, with Wigan and Sunderland possible destinations for the 28-year-old.

But McGeady has dismissed those reports. "When am I moving, today or tomorrow?" McGeady said. "I am at Spartak and preparing for the season so I don't want to talk about that."

McGeady has 18 months left on his present deal at Spartak and while the former Celtic man has enjoyed his experience on the field, he has admitted that the move to Moscow has been hard on his family.

The winger, who missed Ireland's defeat at home to Greece in November, has been named in the 27-man squad for the February 6 friendly at home to Poland but his place in the Ireland side is under threat with the arrival of newcomer Anthony Pilkington.

Meanwhile, Stephen Hunt could be in line for a rapid return to the Wolves side this weekend.

The winger has not played for his club since September after undergoing surgery on a hip problem but he has trained with his team-mates this week and boss Dean Saunders could throw Hunt into the squad for their game at home to Blackpool on Saturday.

Hunt's long-term future at the club is in doubt as the Ireland international is out of contract at the end of the season, and boss Dean Saunders admitted he's under pressure to trim the squad before the close of the transfer window so the wage bill can be reduced.

"It's hard to explain what's going on because you can imagine with 40 players, there are different things going on all the time. The chairman wants me to get the wage bill down with the amount of players we've got. I've got one eye on that and one eye on making us better," said Saunders.

"I have to try to balance the squad a little bit. We've got five right wingers - Razak Boukari, Anthony Forde, Stephen Hunt, Adam Hammill and Slawomir Peszko. Kevin Foley can play there too but we've only got one fit left-back at the minute.

"I have to try to even things out because I've got five right wingers not playing. They can't all play so there's something we can do there and it's then who comes in for who and making a decision as late as we can on which players we get the best offer for."

Noel King has promoted QPR prospect Frankie Sutherland to the U21 squad for next month's friendly with Holland in Dublin.

Sutherland, who has been capped at U19 level, has joined League One side Portsmouth on loan from QPR in a bid to gain first-team experience.