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St Johnstone eye MacLean deal

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright is optimistic that a new deal can be agreed to keep Steven MacLean at the club.

MacLean has been at McDiarmid Park since 2012 and Wright has no intention of letting the striker leave, despite interest from elsewhere.

Talks have already taken place about extending the 31-year-old's stay at St Johnstone and Wright hopes that a contract could be signed in the near future.

"We had a meeting with Steven about a new contract and it was very positive," Wright said in the Daily Record.

"There are one or two other clubs sniffing around but he wants to stay and we're waiting for word back. Hopefully, it could be sorted out in the next few days as we have made him a good offer.

"In the past people have gone to other clubs for bigger wages but we've shown Steven how highly we rate him.

"Steven gives us so much, he's a leader on the pitch and gets people going. He's like a second captain."

Stevie May is another player to have been linked with a move away from St Johnstone but Wright is determined to keep the forward, as he continues to work on deals for all his out-of-contract players.

"Every deal that gets done has to be right for the club," explained Wright.

"The chairman is making the best offers he can and the potential is there to earn good money.

"We'll do our best to get deals over the line and we're waiting to hear from Stevie May's agent to arrange a meeting."