Rotherham United: Millers out on their own for May

Stevie May
Stevie May

Rotherham United are the only club to make a firm offer for striker Stevie May, St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has revealed.

The Saints manager said he was surprised other teams hadn’t entered the race for the 21-year-old hitman’s signature.

The Scottish club expect to lose May to the Millers this week but hope he will play in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Spartak Trnava before departing.

Wright said “Rotherham have been interested in Stevie for a long time and they keep banging at the door.

“They’ve come back a few times and seem determined to get their man.

“But nothing is agreed yet. There are still discussions going on.”

On Friday night the two clubs were thought to be around £200,000 part in their valuations, with St Johnstone wanting around £800,000 with possible add-ons. Talks were delayed over the weekend because of a testimonial game on Sunday against Hearts and St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown attending a family event.

Sources in Scotland suggested Hull City and Huddersfield Town had shown interest in May.

And reports emerged that the Millers might also be interested in a young striker with a North London Premier League club, but these are unconfirmed.

May scored 27 goals for St Johnstone last season but has only a year left on his deal and the Perth club accept the need to cash in on their prized asset.

On Saturday, Rotherham No 2 Paul Raynor said: “It’s well documented there have been talks with St Johnstone regarding Stevie May. The fact nothing has happened after those talks would tell me they’ve perhaps not gone as well as we expected. We’ll wait and see.”

Meanwhile, the Millers wrap up their busy pre-season programme tonight at New York Stadium against Premier League new boys Leicester City, before the Championship kick-off on Saturday at Derby County.

Right-back Frazer Richardson is being assessed after being kept out for nearly a fortnight with a foot injury.

County yesterday announced the capture of striker Leon Best, who spent time at Sheffield Wednesday in the last campaign, on a season-long loan.