Sheffield Wednesday: May opts for Owls move

St Johnstone striker Stevie May is on the brink of joining Wednesday.
St Johnstone striker Stevie May is on the brink of joining Wednesday.
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Wednesday have pipped their South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United to the signing of highly regarded striker Stevie May.

St Johnstone accepted offers from the Owls and Millers for the Scotland Under-21 international, granting him permission to speak to the two Championship clubs this week.

But The Star understands May has opted to move to Hillsborough and is set to undergo a medical today ahead of a £800,000 switch, a deal which includes add ons should the forward be a big success in England.

Assuming the deal is finalised, it is unlikely May will be available for selection for the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Speaking to the press corps on Thursday, Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray admitted he was “disappointed” their interest in May had leaked out but revealed he is a big admirer of the player’s talent.

Gray, who failed to recruit Simon Cox as part of Michail Antonio’s switch to Nottingham Forest this week, said; “He is quality player who has shown he can score goals on a regular basis. If you create chances for him, I know he can score goals.

“He’s a team player and scores goals which would be great for Wednesday.”

May started and scored in the second leg of St Johnstone’s Europa League tie with Spartak Trnava in Slovakia on Thursday.

Saints offered May, who bagged 27 goals last term, a new and improved contract at the end of last season but he has decided he wants to further his football education in England.

As well as May, Gray is keen to further increase his striking options, with the Owls facing the prospect of playing seven times this month. With Caolan Lavery a long-term absentee, Gray only has Atdhe Nuhiu, Gary Madine and Chris Maguire to choose from up front.