Bristol Rovers transfer preference revealed as promotion hero ‘in talks’

Charlton Athletic are Alfie May's preferred transfer destination - despite interest from Bristol Rovers and Gillingham.
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Charlton Athletic are 'moving closer' towards signing Bristol Rovers transfer target Alfie May from Cheltenham Town, according to reports.

News broke last night from GloucestershireLive that the Addicks had become the favourites to land the 30-year-old, and now more information has come to light on May's proposed move to The Valley. The South London Press report that there are still some things to be ironed out in negotiations in the deal, but there is a confidence from Charlton that a deal will be finalised. The report adds that May, who was born in Kent, favours a return back to South London, and that personal terms will not be an issue.

May underwent his medical last night with Charlton, and the deal is said to be worth in the region of £250k. He is joining the London outfit on a two-year deal with an option of a third year, and an announcement should be announced shortly.

May's proposed move to Charlton means that Rovers and Gillingham will now have to turn their attentions to alternative targets. Rovers have not yet been linked with a striker of May's ilk, and have instead focused on recruiting areas of concern, most particularly in defence, whilst also adding Jevani Brown to bolster their firepower, and Luke Thomas who replaces Harry Anderson who joined newly promoted Stevenage.

In other news, Josh Kay who played a pivotal role in helping the Gas get promoted is in talks to join Northampton Town, the team he denied promotion back in 2022. Key was playing for Barrow at the time, and in their final day clash with Northampton scored a consolation goal, which gave Rovers motivation to score seven against Scunthorpe United, and go up through goals scored in one of the most dramatic ways possible.

He went down popular amongst the Gasheads, engaging with a few supporters, and tweeted: "Any bristol rovers fans want to dm me taking all donations to my golf holiday fundings," along with a thumbs up, moneybags and laughing emoji.

Football works in funny ways however, with Football Insider reporting that Kay was unable to agree a new contract with the League Two outfit, and is now 'in talks' with the Cobblers about a move to Sixfields. He has played nearly 200 times for the Bluebirds, and got 27 goals and 10 assists under various different managers.

His one appearance for Barnsley against Bristol City in 2016 is the only time he's played above League Two, and a move to the third tier would represent a big opportunity for him. Northampton - who were annoyed by Scunthorpe's decision to field several younger players - will play Rovers at the Mem on Saturday, October 23, before the reverse fixture on Saturday, February 17 in 2024.