Report: Celtic make move for assist machine, want deal agreed before Sunday
By Harvey Byrne
Celtic made their move to sign Aberdeen attacker Jonny Hayes on Thursday evening, according to a report.
The Daily Mail has claimed that the Hoops hope to agree a £1.2million deal for the 29-year-old right-winger and that they want a move sorted ahead of Hayes linking up with Martin O’Neil’s Republic of Ireland squad on Sunday.
English Championship sides Birmingham and Cardiff are also said to be interested in the two-time capped international and it is stated that the Welsh side remain Celtic’s biggest threat to the Hoops.
However, Hayes is also said to be keen on a reunion with Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers after the two previously worked together in the Reading academy.
It is understood that Rodgers is a long-term admirer of Hayes and that the Northern Irish boss is in the market for a wide player, midfielder and central defender this summer ahead of Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers in mid-July.
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Hayes had a tremendous season for the second placed Aberdeen last season, returning a fine 11 goals and 24 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.
Rodgers will now certainly be hoping that the attacking assist machine can bring his creativity to Glasgow.
Football Insider verdict:
Hayes is certainly a talented player in Scotland, but there are doubts that he can be the player to help Celtic progress in the Champions League. The Scottish Premiership is the highest level that Hayes has played at in his career and he has not yet featured in a European competition during his career. However, £1.2million is also a good price for a player like Hayes who will certainly help in the domestic competitions and if Rodgers is focused on continuing Celtic’s dominance of Scotland then Hayes should definitely be bought.
In other Celtic transfer news, two Euro giants are planning to test the Hoops’ resolve this summer.