Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eye up May move

St Johnstone striker Stevie May is a transfer target for Wednesday and Rotherham.
St Johnstone striker Stevie May is a transfer target for Wednesday and Rotherham.
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Sheffield Wednesday are thought to have entered the race to sign St Johnstone striker Stevie May as they prepare for life without Michail Antonio.

The Owls are believed to have lodged an offer close to the Perth club’s £800,000 asking price for the Scotland Under-21 international as they look to pip South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United to his signature.

With Antonio on the verge of joining Nottingham Forest, the Owls are desperate to bolster their forward line before their opening Championship fixture of the season at Brighton and Hove Albion this Saturday.

Antonio, a £750,000 recruit from Reading, is nearing a move to Forest and is poised to have a medical at the City Ground today, with the two clubs having agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m-£2m.

Forest boss Stuart Pearce is keen to bolster his forward line and has identified Antonio as the person to give them an extra dimension in the final third.

Should the 24-year-old decide to move on, it will further weaken Wednesday’s attacking options.

Owls chief Stuart Gray, who watched Rotherham United’s friendly with Leicester City last night, declined to comment when asked about Forest’s reported interest in Antonio earlier this week.

The Star understands Wednesday inquired about the possibility of bringing in Forest striker Simon Cox as part of a deal for Antonio but the Republic of Ireland international looks set to move to Reading.

After arriving at Hillsborough initially on loan, Antonio played an instrumental part in Wednesday’s promotion winning team in 2012, hitting five goals in 14 appearances. His impressive performances prompted ex-Wednesday boss Dave Jones to buy him on a permanent basis that summer.

He top-scored for the Owls during the 2012/13 season, claiming nine goals as the club narrowly staved off the threat of relegation. A groin problem ruled him out for the last nine matches. Antonio was linked with a move to Wigan Athletic last summer.

Injuries restricted Antonio to just 28 outings last term and the speedy winger found the back of the net on four occasions. Antonio, who can operate on either flank or up front, has played 70 times in all competitions for Wednesday, bagging 13 goals.