Jonny Hayes’ days at Pittodrie today looked numbered as clubs queued up to fight it out for the signature of Aberdeen’s star winger.
Celtic remain the favourites to sign the 29-year-old, with the Dons understood to be open to a deal that would see them receive cash plus midfielder Ryan Christie, who spent the second half of last season on loan to them from the Hoops, for Hayes.
Reports today have also claimed Cardiff City, who had a £600,000 bid for Hayes rejected by the Reds in January, have come back in for the Republic of Ireland international.
Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest, now bossed by former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, are also credited with an interest in Hayes, who still has two years left on his contract with Aberdeen.
Dons boss Derek McInnes, who is also being linked with the vacant manager’s job at Sunderland, slapped a £1 million price tag on Hayes after turning down Cardiff’s bid.
But it now looks likely the Dons will sell if they get a suitable offer for the winger, who joined them for free in 2012 after his contract with Inverness Caley Thistle had expired.
The possibility of Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven also being part of any deal for Hayes seems to have diminished, with Sheffield United reported to be close to securing him on loan for next season.
The Dons wouldn’t comment on the speculation surrounding Hayes today.