Championship battle for Jonny Hayes

Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes (C) scores their first goal

HITC Sport understands Aberdeen'so Irish winger is set for move, with Wigan and Rotherham in the hunt.

Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United are battling to sign Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes, HITC Sport understands.

A number of Championship and League One clubs have expressed an interest in the 28-year-old, who has been playing in Scotland since 2009 when he joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle from Leicester - having started his career with Reading.

Hayes moved across Northern Scotland to join Aberdeen in 2012 and has been a regular ever since signing on at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen's Jonathan Hayes in action with St Johnstone's Steven AndersonAberdeen's Jonathan Hayes in action with St Johnstone's Steven Anderson

Now despite having a couple of years left on his current deal which he signed in 2014 - but the Dublin-born wide-man will be allowed to leave, if as expected Aberdeen's valuation of the player is met.

Ipswich Town , Nottingham Forest and newly promoted Burton have been linked, but HITC Sport understands that it is Wigan and Rotherham who are heading the queue and hope to do a deal before the start of July.

Rangers have also been linked, but it is understood the player would like another crack at English football.

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