No contact for Stevie May from Ross County as interest in Aberdeen striker intensifies

Stevie May featured in the friendly with Caley Thistle on Saturday.
Stevie May featured in the friendly with Caley Thistle on Saturday.

Ross County are among the admirers for Aberdeen’s Stevie May but co-manager Stevie Ferguson said there has been no contact for the in-demand striker.

The Dons are open to letting May leave on either a loan or permanent deal and while County rate the 26-year-old, they have not made an approach for his services.

May is also believed to be interesting St Johnstone, Dundee United, St Mirren and Dundee, with Saints manager Tommy Wright saying yesterday that chairman Steve Brown was working on bringing him back to McDiarmid Park.

The additions of Curtis Main and James Wilson have pushed May further down the pecking order at Pittodrie, after a return of eight goals in 75 games since joining from Preston North End in 2017 for £400,000.

County already have strikers Brian Graham, Ross Stewart, Billy Mckay and Declan McManus on their books for their return to the Premiership, while they have also added wide men Simon Power and Blair Spittal.

Ferguson said: “Stevie May is a really good player and there’s several clubs definitely interested in him. We think he’s a good player and regarding any contact (between the clubs), there’s not been any.

“He’s a player that we like that may potentially be available. What we don’t know is what he wants to do. There’s nothing in the pipeline.”

McManus and Mckay both side new contracts with the Staggies after their Championship title victory and the bulk of the promotion-winning squad has been kept intact.

Daniel Armstrong will miss three weeks with a broken cheekbone.

They start their competitive season on Saturday at home to Montrose in the Betfred Cup, with only injuries to Daniel Armstrong and Ross Draper depleting the side.

Armstrong suffered a broken cheekbone following an accident collision in training last week, during the club’s pre-season trip to the Netherlands, while Draper sustained a broken kneecap against Caley Thistle in March.

Ferguson added: “The X-Rays for Daniel showed a break there but it’s not dislodged, so there isn’t any need for an operation, which is a positive. The diagnosis was three weeks from when it happened.

“Ross wasn’t fit to play games so rather than come out to Holland, he was down at St George’s Park in England for a week’s intensive rehab. Having played in England, he’s eligible for that (through the PFA) and we decided he’d get more benefit from that rather than just training and watching games.

“He’s come back feeling great and hopefully he isn’t too far away. He’s getting no problems from the injury, so the start of the league season is a realistic timescale.”

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