Celtic given boost in pursuit of experienced top-flight attacker after tabling bid - Sky Sports
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic have been given a boost in their pursuit of Aberdeen attacker Jonny Hayes with English Championship side Cardiff pulling out of the race, according to Sky Sports.
The Sky Sports website have reported on that the Welsh club have withdrawn their offer for the 29-year-old right-winger are growing frustrated by the lack of progress after tabling a bid of £750,000 rising to £1.2million.
It is further detailed that this has cleared the way for Celtic, who have placed a similar bid for the experienced Premiership attacker.
It is also understood that the Hoops’ offer could see young midfield prospect Ryan Christie go the other way after the 22-year-old spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at the Dons.
Current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers knows Hayes well after the two worked together at the Reading academy.
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The attacker also starred for the second placed Aberdeen side in the last campaign as he set-up 24 goals while also scoring 11 in 44 matches in all competitions.
Rodgers will currently be scouring the transfer market for players who he feels can help the club progress in the Champions League next season.
Football Insider verdict:
This is the perfect scenario for Celtic, as for a player of Hayes’ ability they should have certainly avoided getting into a bidding war for. The Aberdeen attacker is not a player who will help the Glasgow giants push on in Europe and he is more someone who is going to help them cement their dominance over the rest of Scotland. This is certainly more of a short-term transfer target and it is now for the best that Celtic go out and sign him without any hassle.
In other Celtic transfer news, Hayes has given his verdict on the Hoops’ reported interest.