Wright disappointed by surprise collapse of May deal
The St Johnstone boss said he had already planned for the striker to face Brechin.
St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright has revealed his surprise and disappointment at seeing a deal to take Stevie May back to McDiarmid Park collapse at the last minute.
May is free to leave Aberdeen this summer and a return to the club where he first made his name looked almost certain. Wright said he already had plans for the striker to play against Brechin City before being told the move was off.
"The situation is quite simple. The deal is dead," the manager told STV. "Which is disappointing from my point of view and I believe is extremely disappointing for Stevie as well.
"All I can say is that on Tuesday he had passed his medical and as far as I was concerned that was it. I was preparing for him to play on Wednesday night.
"I got a phone call from the club on Wednesday afternoon to say that the deal was dead and for me to move on. I've no more than that in terms of the reason why it fell at the last hurdle. Everything was in place.
"So it's extremely disappointing and as a manager I've just got to move on now. As a club we've got to put it behind us and look forward to bringing somebody else in."
Dundee have now confirmed their interest in pursuing a deal with May.
Reports have linked St Johnstone with a move to sign former Hibs forward Jason Cummings. Wright has targets in mind but says Cummings is not top of his list.
"Sometimes I don't know where these stories come from," he said. "Whether it's the agents trying to pump it up and create interest in the player but Jason's a player that we know of but he's not going to be my number one target that I've got in mind for coming in."
There was good news for the Perth side with the signing of 23-year-old Estonian international defender Madis Vihmann on-loan from FC Flora. Subject to international clearance, Vihmann could be involved in tomorrow's Betfred Cup clash against Forfar Athletic.