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20-goal Owls target Joe Pigott reportedly tipped to join Watford for free

According to Mirror reporter Sam Elliott, former Sheffield Wednesday target Joe Pigott is likely to become Watford’s first signing after winning promotion back to the top-flight.

Pigott has been in outstanding form for the Dons this season.

The 6ft 2inch striker has scored 20 goals in all competitions, despite Wimbledon’s struggles.

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According to TEAMtalk, Derby County, Bristol City and Birmingham City are keen.

Wednesday, meanwhile, were linked by the Mirror (live blog, 15/07, 14:49pm), while Swansea City and Reading were also keen last summer (Wales Online).

But it seems newly-promoted Watford are about to win the race for his signature.

The Hornets have raised doubts regarding their hire and fire of managers strategy, but few can deny their excellent recruitment of players during the Pozzo reign.

Watford may see Pigott as an investment opportunity. The 27-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, and a solid season on loan at a Championship club could see his value shoot up.

Pigott is also more than just goals. He is a team player, with AFC Wimbledon boss Glyn Hodges calling him a ‘leader’ as the striker took over captain duties (London News Online).

Wednesday, meanwhile, will look back and regret not signing him when they had the chance.

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The Owls failed to fill the void left by Steven Fletcher’s departure last summer, and a lack of goals has played a key role in the side’s struggles this season.

Wednesday are deep in relegation trouble and must beat Derby County on the final day, while bettering the Rams’ result next weekend, to stand any chance of survival.

Darren Moore has made a positive impact since becoming the club’s manager. But the clear lack of attacking threat prior to his arrival could see the Owls run out of games.

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