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Report claims Preston have joined Blackburn Rovers in race to sign Alfie May

Preston are interested in signing Cheltenham Town striker Alfie May, joining Blackburn Rovers in the race for his signature this summer.

That’s according to a report from The72, who claim that Preston want to bring May to Deepdale this summer.

Birmingham City are also understood to be interested in signing May with Preston facing a battle if true.

Preston and Blackburn are interested in Alfie May

The report claims that Preston have looked at May in recent weeks ahead of potentially launching a bid for him this summer.

This feels similar to when Preston have been linked with Morecambe striker Cole Stockton.

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Both strikers have fared well in League One but a first stint in the Championship so close to 30 feels like a risk.

Emil Riis certainly needs help in the Preston attack and we could yet see Seani Maguire and Ched Evans move on this summer.

Preston have already been linked with one striker in Andre Gray.

May has been in blistering form in League One but it’s hard to see him fitting the profile that Preston want this summer.

In truth, this one feels a little like agent talk. May has enjoyed the season of his life and his stock has never been higher.

Any agent worth their salt would be trying to engineer a big move off the back of that form.

Three Championship clubs being linked with one player is usually a sign of agent talk.

That may be the case with May, especially with rivals Preston and Blackburn mentioned.

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Who is Preston target Alfie May?

May had a low-key start in football having spent most of his time in non-league football.

May turned out for Billericay Town, Chatham Town, VCD Athletic, Ereith and Belvedere, Farnborough and Hythe Town.

Doncaster swooped in 2017 but May scored just 10 goals in 92 league outings for Rovers.

Cheltenham signed May in 2020 and in his first 18 months there, he scored 15 goals.

May exploded last season with 23 goals in 46 League One games. That’s almost as many goals as his time at Doncaster and his first 18 months at Cheltenham combined.

Cheltenham have May tied down until 2024 so Preston would need to pay a fee if they want May.

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