Blue­birds de­cide on Reds flier

Pit­to­drie lat­est: McInnes con­fi­dent of keeping Dons key men af­ter talks in Dubai

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport - BY ALEX MARTIN

“The bid falls way short of where we see Jonny Hayes”

Cardiff City man­ager Neil Warnock will de­cide to­mor­row whether to in­crease the club’s of­fer for Aberdeen mid­fielder Jonny Hayes.

The Blue­birds had a £500,000 bid for the 29year-old knocked back by the Dons on Thurs­day night.

Warnock will play a wait­ing game. He has sev­eral other tar­gets in his search for a wide player to spark an es­cape from the dan­ger of rel­e­ga­tion from the English Cham­pi­onship.

He said: “They’ve turned the bid down, that’s as far as it’s gone. We’ve made what we think is a re­al­is­tic of­fer. I don’t know if we’ll go back in, you don’t put your eggs in one bas­ket. We’ve got of­fers in. I’m meet­ing Vin­cent (Tan, Cardiff’s owner) on Sun­day and we’ll have a good chat.”

Aberdeen man­ager Derek McInnes is de­ter­mined to do all he can to keep one of his best play­ers, who still has 18 months re­main­ing on his con­tract.

McInnes said: “£500,000 can get a club an av­er­age player in the Cham­pi­onship and if clubs have the same opin­ion of Jonny as I do then it falls way short of where we see him.

“We stay as we are and move on. I will talk to Jonny but I don’t think he would be sur­prised the bid has been re­jected.”

Cardiff need wide play­ers in the scram­ble to avoid rel­e­ga­tion and have sev­eral tar­gets. Warnock needs quick fixes and the 68-yearold knows time is run­ning out to save the Blue­birds.

McInnes added: “They are in the mar­ket for a wide player. They have tried a few dif­fer­ent av­enues to get one but they will have to show more will­ing­ness to get Jonny be­cause he is such a key player.

“I don’t want to lose play­ers in the Jan­uary win­dow. If it has to hap­pen, the sum­mer is bet­ter be­cause it would give us more time to get peo­ple in.

“A lot of rash de­ci­sions can get made in this win­dow but we won’t be rushed or do any­thing we don’t want to do.”

The Aberdeen man­ager has been busy this week talk­ing to play­ers who will soon be free agents. The likes of cap­tain and mid­fielder Ryan Jack and Niall McGinn, who, along with Bris­tol City loa­nee Wes Burns has missed the trip to Dubai, are out of con­tract in the sum­mer.

McInnes added: “I’m hope­ful when we get back to Aberdeen next week there will be some good news on the con­tracts for other play­ers.

“We have sat down for talks with a few of them this week. There are some I want to com­mit and we have spo­ken about the ben­e­fits of that and there are some who have been told they need to do more to earn a new deal.

“A lot of the con­ver­sa­tions I have had with the play­ers have been about them go­ing on to bet­ter them­selves.

“We have still so much to play for and, al­though a bid of a cer­tain amount could make us change our minds about sell­ing a player, we were strong in our feel­ing we wanted to stay the way we are in terms of the squad and hope­fully add to it.”

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME: Derek McInnes has dis­missed Cardiff’s £500,000 bid for Jonny Hayes, left, and the man­ager is more in­tent on strength­en­ing his squad.

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