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Ireland international closes in on Celtic move

Jonny Hayes looks on the verge of completing a £1.3 million switch from Aberdeen.

Jonny Hayes was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year in Scotland last season.
Jonny Hayes was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year in Scotland last season.

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JONNY Hayes looks set for a move to Celtic.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail, Hayes — a nominee for PFA Player of the Year in Scotland last season — is likely to complete a £1.3 million switch within the next 48 hours pending completion of a medical, with Ryan Christie moving in the opposite direction on loan.

The 29-year-old winger has also been the subject of interest from Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City, with the latter’s manager Harry Redknapp in attendance at the recent Scottish FA Cup final, in which Hayes scored the opening goal.

The Dubliner has consistently impressed in five seasons with Aberdeen, helping the Dons to an impressive second-place finish last season. He previously made his name at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, having failed to play consistent first-team action at either Reading or Leicester City.

A move to Celtic would see Hayes link up with Brendan Rodgers for the second time in his career, with the Northern Irishman having originally managed the star at the Royals’ academy.

Hayes’ good form has also seen him rewarded on the international front of late, winning four Ireland caps, including a start in the recent friendly victory over Uruguay.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen have given Sunderland permission to open negotiations with Derek McInnes as they look to appoint him manager, the Scottish club confirmed.

The Black Cats are looking to appoint the successor to David Moyes as they prepare for life in the Championship, having finished bottom in the Premier League last season.

Additional reporting by Omnisport

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