By Jack Wynne – Deputy Sports Editor
Preston North End Football Club have signed strikers Stevie May and Eoin Doyle.
May has joined on a three-year deal from Sheffield Wednesday, with Doyle arriving on a season-long loan from Cardiff City.
PNE have reportedly paid the Yorkshire club a fee believed to be seven figures for May when tax and the Football league is added, according to the Lancashire Evening Post.
Meanwhile, Doyle has moved to Deepdale on a temporary basis, although PNE are believed to have been keen on a permanent deal.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson said: “We always had the intention of signing another striker, then the news of Jermaine Beckford’s injury hastened things.
“When the opportunity came to do two deals, we grasped that and the last two days have been busy.
“I’m delighted that the owner has given us the chance to bring in two good strikers who are going to contribute to the competition in the squad.”
Long-term targets finally over the line
The PNE boss will be happy to have signed the pair; he has pursued May twice before, whilst Doyle comes to Deepdale after a previous attempt to land the Irishman.
“They are both lads who we have had a huge interest in before,” said Grayson.
“At the time we previously went for them, it probably was not the right move for them in terms of us then being a League One club.
“A big factor for me is that when they were not getting game time, they expressed a desire to go out and play football.
“Others might have sat on their backsides and collected their money but these two wanted to contribute here.”
Grayson was planning to bolster his defensive options by aiming to bring in another centre-back but the deal fell through.
He said: “We had a deal agreed but the club involved got an injury and didn’t have the cover to let the player we wanted come here.
“We could go down that avenue when the loan market opens.”