Preston North End have signed Republic of Ireland international winger Aiden McGeady on loan from the remainder of the season.

The 30-year-old midfielder has been out of favour at Goodison Park since the turn of the year when he joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

The winger will wear the number 14 at his new club and explained how the deal came together. "I am delighted to sign. It came about pretty quickly," he said.

"It was only yesterday that I heard it might be a possibility and then by this morning I had heard that it wasn’t happening and was off the table and then about three or four hours ago I heard that it was back on again, so I was quite excited to get it sorted and I am now looking forward to getting back playing and helping the team."

McGeady was granted leave from international duty to complete the deal, although the player remained in Dublin for the 4-0 friendly win over Oman.

"I didn't want the risk of it not happening by going to the game," he told pne.com.

"It is obviously Robbie Keane's last game but there is paperwork that has to get signed and I thought I might have to do a medical today so I was anxious about what might happen.

"But the manager was fine with me, he understood the situation, so I stayed behind when the team left and got all the paperwork through and sorted it out myself - I could probably be my own agent."

Preston manager Simon Grayson claimed the addition of the former Spartak Moscow man to his squad was a coup for his club: "It's a fantastic signing for us obviously, he's played at the highest level, he's a Republic of Ireland international, and he's a player who has got fantastic ability.

"He's got pace, good feet, good delivery, so I think he is really good signing for us, a real coup given his pedigree and the clubs that he has played for previously."