Aberdeen have announced the signing of Scotland international striker Stevie May on a four-year deal.
May, 24, has made the move from Preston North End for an undisclosed fee. He has been given squad number 18 by the Dons.
It’s a major coup by Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes, who had been chasing May all summer. McInnes had also sought a loan deal in January for the player, who he gave his debut while in charge at St Johnstone in 2009.
May said: “The manager has made no secret about trying to get me in the past, which is flattering, and it’s good to finally get the deal done which I think is right for both parties and I just can’t wait to get started.”
McInnes said: “I’m obviously delighted to get Stevie on board and he’s a player I’ve enjoyed working with in the past and have been keen to work with again. To get a 24-year-old international player on a four-year deal is a great piece of business by the club and I’d like to thank the board for their assistance in making it happen.”
The deal had previously looked in jeopardy, with Alex Neil becoming manager at Preston after previous gaffer Simon Grayson moved to Sunderland, and the Deepdale club looking to recoup a substantial portion of the £800,000 they paid to bring May in from Sheffield Wednesday two years ago.
Neil was reportedly a fan of May, having previously worked with him when he took him on loan from St Johnstone to Hamilton in the 2013/13 season.
It is now clear Neil has deemed May surplus to requirements at Preston.
The hitman only recovered from a serious knee ligament injury suffered in November 2015 in April, which could have ended his career.
He scored once in 13 appearances for Championship North End, and seven times for Wednesday.
His tally in the Scotland included 23 goals for St Johnstone, including two which knocked the Dons out of the 2013/14 Scottish Cup at the semi-final stage. The striker also made his one and only Scotland appearance in a friendly against England in 2014.
May could make his debut against Ross County in Dingwall on Saturday, subject to clearance.