St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson says the Perth club might be priced out of keeping Guy Melamed amid links to clubs like Sunderland.

Several clubs in English League One, including promotion-chasing Sunderland, have been linked with a move for the out-of-contract Israeli striker. He has averaged a goal contribution every other game in his 20 St Johnstone appearances and Davidson says it could be hard to retain him.

Melamed has been linked with Sunderland.

Melamed has been linked with Sunderland. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He said: “We’ve offered him a very good contract and his agent just wants to wait and see. That’s all we can do. We can’t offer money that’s not there for somebody.  We have a budget, it’s been a difficult time with Covid and we’ve offered him a really good deal. The agent has said he’ll wait and see and that’s where we are.

“Obviously we can’t be paying out ridiculous money – that’s not what St Johnstone does and we can’t afford it. But there are other players out there that we’ll find and have a look at in case he doesn’t stay.”  Would we like him to stay? The answer is yes but we might be out priced. The fact he’s done so well has probably not helped our cause.

“He’s performed and scored goals at really important times this season. It’s a tough one. I knew when he came in that we might only get a year out of him. The one thing none of us knew the extent of was Covid.   He didn’t get a pre-season and he missed a lot of football and it took him a long time to adapt to the Scottish league.

“I still think there’s more to come from Guy if he has a pre-season with us.  It’s probably out of our hands at the moment.”

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