Tony Watt, linked to Preston, signs pre-contract deal in shock transfer

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Preston will not sign Motherwell striker Tony Watt after he accepts a surprise transfer to Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United.

North End is likely to be on the hunt for a new striker in January and has been linked with some potential signings.

One of them was Watt, with Football League World claiming Preston wanted to bring the 27-year-old to Deepdale.

Watt has been an absolute nomad in his career, having proven himself for Celtic, Lierse, Standard Liege, Charlton Athletic, Cardiff City, Blackburn, Hearts, OH Leuven, St Johnstone and CSKA Sofia.

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Now with Motherwell, Watt has been in good shape to score goals this season having found the net nine times in 19 league games.

Coming out of contract at the end of the season, Watt could have been a good deal for Preston to bolster Ryan Lowe’s offense.

You have to wonder if Watt really fits Lowe’s bill, especially if he hasn’t managed to settle down anywhere in recent years.

Watt won’t be joining North End after deciding to shock.

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Rather than travel to England, Watt signed a pre-contact deal with Dundee United, joining a Scottish Premiership rival.

Watt rejected new deal with Motherwell and will now perform for Dundee United starting next season.

Motherwell assistant Chris Lucketti – former Preston captain – has indicated Watt will still be selected despite his decision.

For Preston, this is just another rumor to tick off the list.

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