The Daily Mail has reported that Crystal Palace are best-placed to sign Hearts’ Aaron Hickey over four other clubs including Celtic.

Manchester City, Everton, Southampton, and the Hoops have all watched Hickey in action according to the Daily Mail. But it’s believed that Palace are in the driving seat to land him.

However, the Daily Mail has also reported that no firm offer has been launched for the Hearts youngster, who’s out of contract at the end of next season.

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Former Celtic youngster Aaron Hickey

Former Celtic youngster Aaron Hickey (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given Hearts’ current league position and clear financial uncertainty, Hickey may be reluctant to commit further. Therefore, the Jambos could be given a financial boost if a club was to come in for him this summer.

The Daily Mail reports that Palace are monitoring developments and are the favourites to sign him. This comes after an initial report in the Scottish Sun last week that claimed Hickey was interesting both Celtic and Palace. In that report, however, no club was named as best placed to sign him.

No reason for Crystal Palace to be favourites

Unless someone knows what Hickey wants this summer, there is no reason for Palace to be the favourites to sign the defender. After all, all clubs interested in the youngster are in the exact same position.

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It’s not as if Hickey has been down to London and been shown around the Selhurst Park facilities. There’s nothing prohibiting Celtic or anyone else from making the exact same offer that Palace will.

Hickey isn’t currently ready for Premiership football either. He may have made 30 appearances for Hearts this season, but England’s top division is an absolute chasm of a step-up (Transfermarkt).

Hickey in action against Karamoko Dembele

Hickey in action against Karamoko Dembele (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That’s of relevance to Celtic because it’s not as if Palace will offer him something ridiculous. Celtic should be able to cope with rival offers for him. He was also on the books at Parkhead as a youngster. Therefore, you would imagine he feels he has some unfinished business here from his childhood.

There’s an argument to say we shouldn’t even be talking about this. At a time of such crisis, is looking to pluck a struggling club’s best talent the morally right thing to do? Well, football is still football. Players are still up for grabs.

Also, if Hearts don’t get an offer for him this summer, they could be forced to let him go for nothing. So actually giving them some financial help as opposed to plucking him for nothing in the summer of 2021 would surely be Hearts’ preferred choice. Let’s just hope Palace don’t have any sort of advantage over us.

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