St Johnstone: Tommy Wright eyes strike cover for Steven MacLean

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright has earmarked strikers he says would be available

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright plans to sign a striker to cover for the injured Steven MacLean.

Wright has a list of free agents he has earmarked after MacLean was ruled out for up to six months through injury.

The Saints manager will whittle that down following talks with chairman Steve Brown.

"I will be looking to bring a striker in as quickly as possible because I have always said I need three strikers," said Wright.

"I have a few targets and we will start narrowing down what target we can hopefully get.

"There are one or two experienced ones still out there.

"I have to see what sort of money is available and that will determine who we go for.

"But there are people available and people who are keen to come on a short-term deal as well.

"Because obviously they are not playing and any deal is better than nothing."

MacLean's injury, along with that of defender Tam Scobbie, has been followed by defeats by Dundee and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who beat the Perth side 2-1 on Saturday.

With Chris Kane loaned to Dumbarton, Wright only has Brian Graham and Adam Morgan, on loan from Dundee United and Yeovil Town respectively, from which to choose up front.

"Brian Graham has scored two goals in two starts, so I am really pleased with him, and Adam Morgan looks to be finding his feet," said Wright ahead of Tuesday's Scottish League Cup third round visit to Kilmarnock.

"Defensively, we are all right, but I think we need that extra striker to give us options up top."

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