PNE swoop for striker duo

PNE have signed Stevie May from Sheffield Wednesday
PNE have signed Stevie May from Sheffield Wednesday
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Preston North End have completed the double signing of strikers Stevie May and Eoin Doyle.

May has joined for a seven-figure fee from Sheffield Wednesday and has signed a three-year contract, while Doyle is on a season-long loan from Cardiff City.

Eoin Doyle has joined PNE on loan

Eoin Doyle has joined PNE on loan

The Lilywhites made their move for the pair after Jermaine Beckford suffered a recurrence of a knee injury he picked-up in pre-season - Beckford will undergo surgery on Thursday.

May and Doyle have both been on North End’s radar before. They twice tried to sign May from St Johnstone last year, while Doyle was a target in January when he was a Chesterfield player.PNE manager Simon Grayson said: “As soon as we new Jermaine was out injured we felt that we needed to strengthen at the top end of the pitch.

“Stevie and Eoin are players that we’ve been after in the past ans so when the option became available to sign one permanently and one on loan, it was a great opportunity to go and get good players.

“They are players who will enhance the squad and I’m looking forqard to working with them.

“It is a long season, there are a lot of games and you’ve got to make sure that all of the players are fit and raring to go.

“In the Championship you are playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday and it is very difficult for players at the top end of the pitch to maaintain that sharpness and freshness.

“So have more options up there is great for us.”

May will wear the No24 shirt and Doyle No.13.

Grayson also revealed he had tried to sign a centre-half ahead of the deadline.

But their target was not allowed to join as his club had picked up injuries in defence and they needed to keep him as cover.