PNE bid for Owls hitman

Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May is wanted by North End
Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May is wanted by North End
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Stevie May has appeared on Preston North End’s radar again as they look to make it third time lucky in landing him.

The Sheffield Wednesday striker is one of their targets to fill the vacancy created by Jermaine Beckford’s injury.

Another front man they are being linked with ahead of today’s 6pm transfer deadline is Cardiff City’s Eoin Doyle.

Like May, Irishman Doyle has been on North End’s wanted list previously.

They tried to buy him from Chesterfield in January but he opted to join Cardiff instead.

Doyle scored a hat-trick for the Spireites against PNE 12 months ago as they came back from 3-0 down to drew 3-3.

In May’s case, Preston first tried to sign him from St Johnstone in January 2014 but he chose to stay north of the border.

They went back in for him last summer, the Lilywhites one of a number of clubs to track him.

May eventually joined the Owls for £800,000 and scored seven goals in his debut season in South Yorkshire.

He also won a Scotland cap last term, playing against England in November.

Wednesday are prepared to let him go – the 22-year-old has yet to feature this season.

It is understood that North End approached Wednesday before the weekend and made a cash bid around the £800,000 mark.

Rotherham and Nottingham Forest are also interested in him, while Hibs have enquired about taking him on loan.

May scored 32 goals in St Johnstone’s colours, while he also netted plenty further down the Scottish leagues in loan spells with Alloa and Hamilton.

North End are in the market for another striker as knee surgery is set to keep Beckford sidelined until Christmas.

They had hoped that the injury suffered in pre-season could be managed without the need for an operation.

After missing the opening four games, he returned to action as a substitute against Ipswich and Watford.

That raised hopes that he was keeping on top of the injury but Beckford suffered a reaction to it after training late last week.

As well as trying to get a new striker through the arrivals door, the Lilywhites do have their eye on bolstering another area of the squad.

In terms of movement out of Deepdale, there has been some interest shown in out-of-favour striker Andy Little.

That interest is thought to have come from three clubs in Scotland.

The deadline north of the border is later than in England, with clubs having until midnight to do business.

Former Rangers man Little has struggled to make an impact at Preston since his arrival last summer.

He only played 16 games in the promotion campaign, eight of those starts.

Little, 26, has not featured in a matchday squad so far this season, even in the Capital One Cup games when PNE boss Simon Grayson has rotated the team.