Speaking to BBC Wales Sport, Neil Warnock has accused Aberdeen of messing Cardiff City around in their pursuit of Jonny Hayes this summer, confirming that the Bluebirds have now moved on to different targets.
Cardiff were keen to sign the Aberdeen winger this summer, and had tabled a £1.2m bid for Hayes, rivalling Scottish Premiership champions, Celtic.
Hayes is reportedly keen to move to Celtic this summer, to link-up with Brendan Rodgers, who the 29-year old previously worked with at Reading.
The winger enjoyed a successful 2016/17 campaign, scoring 11 goals in 45 appearances for Aberdeen, as the Dons finished second in the Scottish Premiership, despite never challenging Celtic for the title.
The form of the Irish winger had alerted Warnock, but the 68-year old has now conceded that Cardiff will move to different targets, whilst also delivering a damning verdict on Aberdeen, he said: “You can only wait for so long and you’ve got to move on.
“Aberdeen want two players from Celtic and they’ve been messing us around for quite a few weeks now.
“We’ve moved on and gone on to another one or two targets that haven’t been mentioned yet.”
Warnock was appointed at the Cardiff City Stadium in October, with the Bluebirds sat in the Sky Bet Championship’s relegation zone, but the 68-year old masterminded a magnificent turnaround, which saw Cardiff finish the season 12th.
After a successful first eight-months in Wales, Warnock has opted to extend his contract with Cardiff and is planning a promotion push in the Championship next season.
The 68-year old has revealed he is targeting a goalkeeper and a striker in the transfer window, whilst confirming that Cardiff may look to sign a midfielder, following Peter Whittingham’s move to Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.
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