JONNY HAYES is on the brink of an Aberdeen comeback with the Pittodrie club poised to offer him a two-year contract.
The versatile Republic of Ireland international star was released by Celtic at the start of the month when his three-year deal expired.
Hayes, who cost £1.3million when Brendan Rodgers bought him from the Dons in June 2017, has been in talks with Derek McInnes who wants to get the 32-year-old left-sided performer in for pre-season training this week, according to a report in the Daily Record.
Chairman Dave Cormack, despite the club’s financial predicament, has sanctioned the move to bring the popular player back to the north east.
Gaffer McInnes hopes the Pittodrie outfit can agree terms over the next 48 hours that would allow Hayes to start training.
Premiership rivals Dundee United, Hibs and St Mirren have been linked with the utility ace while English League One side Blackpool are also monitoring the situation.
Hayes had five years at the Dons from 2012, where he helped them win the 2014 League Cup.