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St Johnstone can’t enter a bidding war for Stevie May

Tommy Wright and Stevie May.
Tommy Wright and Stevie May.

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has admitted the Perth club couldn’t compete with clubs chasing former striker Stevie May.

Aberdeen are strong favourites to land the Preston North End man on loan until the end of the season, with Dundee, Hearts and Hibs also thought to be interested

May is getting his career back on track after suffering a serious knee injury shortly after making the switch from Sheffield Wednesday to Preston in 2015.

He has been unable to get back into the Preston side since returning to training in November.

Ex-Saints manager Derek McInnes gave May his first team break at McDiarmid Park but, another of his mentors, Tommy Wright, stressed that they are in no position to enter a bidding war.

He said: “If it’s true that so many clubs up here genuinely are interested in getting Stevie May on loan then they could pay Preston way more than we could afford. So we haven’t made any contact over Stevie’s situation.

“If Stevie is available for loan then the only chance we would have was if he chose to come back to us because of his previous ties to the club.

“But I can’t see that happening because Preston will want as much money as possible if he is farmed out.”

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