Swansea City are planning a January move for Celtic’s Jonny Hayes according to the Scottish Sun, with the 32-year-old out of contract next summer.
Hayes, 32, is in his third season with the Scottish giants, and has this season played eight Scottish Premiership games, scoring once.
He’s also featured in his side’s Europa League campaign, playing in their 2-1 win over Lazio earlier this month.
Though his contract at Celtic Park expires in the summer and his representatives will be free to open talks with potential suitors come the New Year – Celtic could risk losing Hayes for nothing if a pre-arranged move is agreed for him.
The Dublin-born Hayes began his career in England with Reading, having spells at Forest Green Rovers, MK Dons, Leicester City, Northampton Town and Cheltenham before moving up to Scotland in 2009 with Inverness CT.
He spent three seasons at Inverness playing 100 games and scoring 25 before moving to Aberdeen, where he played over 200 times in a five-year spell before signing for Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in 2017.
Swansea are not alone in their pursuit of Hayes, who has four caps for Ireland. Northern Ireland and now Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill is also said to be keen on Hayes.
Should Swansea City sign Jonathan Hayes from Celtic?
Hayes is a proven goalscorer with over 50 goals for Inverness, Aberdeen and Celtic and he’d be a coup if Swansea could land him on a free.
Steve Cooper’s side has struggled for firepower this season and Hayes would definitely bolster that next year, if not earlier.
Though they’ll have to fend off Stoke for his signature, and move quickly if they’re to secure him before his contract situation changes.