Serie A giants Napoli may join Celtic in the race for ex-Hearts full-back Aaron Hickey after being urged to sign him from league rivals Bologna.

Former Napoli manager Gianni di Marzio works for the Italian club as a transfer consultant. He has told his team to sign Hickey, who first arrived in Italy last year after a breakthrough at Hearts, aged just 16, in 2018. Now 19, Celtic are said to have made an official bid to bring Hickey back to the SPFL.

Bologna FC v FC Crotone - Serie A

Hickey is in-demand. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Di Marzio has insisted that Napoli should be challenging Celtic for the promising former Hearts player (DR): “Napoli need to make some serious changes to their team for the new season. They have to get rid of players and recruit well. I’m looking at someone like Aaron Hickey of Bologna – I see him as being a perfect fit for Napoli.

“Hickey is a very good, young player. He knows how to do both the defensive side of the game and he’s very dangerous in an attacking sense. Of course, it would depend on how much he is available for and how much Napoli wants to invest, but he has to be someone that would interest them.”

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