Alfie May joins Birmingham City


Alfie May has joined Birmingham City on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

After an initial bid was rejected, the striker handed in a written transfer request last week. The Addicks accepted a new bid over the weekend and, in an emotional message to Charlton supporters, May explained that moving nearer to his young family was a key motivator in his decision making.

He said: “It’s a difficult one for me because I’m leaving my hometown, but it’s football and I’m doing it for my family. Hopefully I leave on good terms. It’s only been a year, but it’s a year that I won’t forget. I thank everyone for the support and the love they showed me since I first signed.”

Manager Nathan Jones said: “Our focus is coming out of this transfer window categorically stronger than we were at the start of the window. We understand Alfie’s motivations for wanting to move on and we’ve been able to secure a really good deal for the club which allows us to reinvest in adding quality to our squad."

May joined the Addicks from Cheltenham Town in July 2023 and made 50 appearances across all competitions, scoring 27 goals - 23 of which came in Sky Bet League One to earn him the division's Golden Boot award. The 30-year-old was voted EFL Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, named in the EFL League One Team of the Season and also collected the club's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year trophies.

“Alfie did well for the club and myself last season," added Jones. "He worked hard throughout and scored some crucial goals, so we wish him all the best for the future.”

Everyone at the club echoes Nathan Jones' sentiments in wishing Alfie all the best for the future. 

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