Cardiff City join race to sign midfielder wanted by two Championship clubs
Cardiff City are interested in signing Celtic’s Jonny Hayes this summer, reports The Daily Mail.
The 32-year-old is set to leave Celtic Park this summer, after the club declined to offer him a new contract. Hayes who can play throughout the midfield and upfront, began his career with Reading.
He spent the bulk of his Reading stay out on-loan within the Football League – he spent time at both Forest Green and MK Dons – before joining Leicester City in 2007, and again finding himself the subject of continuous loan-deals.
With his career not quite panning out in England, the Irishman headed up to Scotland, joining Inverness CT in 2009.
He spent a couple of seasons there before landing at Aberdeen where he spent a further five seasons, making a name for himself and earning a move to the Scottish giants back in 2017.
The Irish international though has only scored two SPL goals in his three seasons at Celtic, and has steadily fallen out of contention towards the end of his three year contract at the club.
Both Preston and Stoke City have put their names in the hat to sign Hayes this summer, and Aberdeen are also said to be interested in bringing him back to the club as per The Daily Mail report.
Hayes has some good experience behind him, but some not so good experiences playing in England.
He’s a much more mature and developed player now and perhaps he could still offer something in the Championship, but he’ll likely be a high-earner coming from Celtic, and it’d make him a bit of a risky signing for Cardiff.