Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hoping to link back up with Stevie May in loan bid
ABERDEEN are set to make a loan bid for former St Johnstone hero Stevie May. The 24-year-old striker hasn’t played for Preston this season.
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Derek McInnes wants to reunite with Stevie May
May joined Sheffield Wednesday from Saints for £800,000 in 2014, before moving to Deepdale a year later.
He recently returned from injury but needs to get games under his belt.
May knows Dons boss Derek McInnes well, having progressed through the ranks when he was manager at McDiarmid Park.
McInnes is keen to add to his squad this month and is looking at various options.
He has already sent Wes Burns back to Bristol City after an unsuccessful loan spell and is also likely to let Miles Storey leave if he can bring in another striker. Meanwhile, McInnes has told Cardiff City to get serious or get lost after rejecting their latest attempt to sign winger Jonny Hayes.
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Stevie May is yet to play for Preston this season
The Dons manager was stunned when the Championship side returned with the same £500,000 bid that was turned down last week.
The only difference was the Welsh club were willing to make the structured payments quicker than they originally proposed.
McInnes has made it clear the valuation is way below what Aberdeen are willing to accept for one of their top stars.
And he warned Cardiff City counterpart Neil Warnock not to waste his time with another attempt unless they are willing to significantly increase the cash on offer.
McInnes said: “That’s three times we’ve had them on now and they have been told it’s nowhere near the valuation we have of him.
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“If they value him the way we do then they will need to be serious with their offer, but so far it has just been the same one. He is invaluable to us in terms of his influence and his performances but there does come a time when you get an offer where you have to weigh things up. At this stage we are way short of being there. Jonny accepts our reasons for rejecting it.”
Hayes is under contract until the summer of 2018 and Aberdeen have already offered the Republic of Ireland international a two-year extension.
They have also started talks with Andrew Considine, Peter Pawlett, Niall McGinn, Ash Taylor and captain Ryan Jack on extending their deals that end in May.
The future of James Maddison is in limbo as Norwich City are undecided over whether to let the midfielder return on loan.
Forward Cammy Smith has returned to Pittodrie after his loan spell at Dundee United was cut short by the Championship promotion hopefuls.
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