AFC Wimbledon’s Joe Pigott is reportedly close to agreeing a move to newly-promoted Watford, weeks before the summer transfer window is set to open.

The Hornets officially sealed promotion back to the Premier League after just one season in the Championship with victory over Millwall on Saturday.

Pigott has spent the majority of his career in the lower echelons of English football, but the striker has excelled for Wimbledon in League One this campaign, netting 18 goals in 41 league outings.

The impressive season that the 27-year-old has put together comes at the perfect time, with his contract due to expire this summer. The fact Pigott can be picked up for free makes him a low-risk signing which has seen him linked with the likes of Bristol City, Birmingham City and Derby County.

However, with all three in the bottom half of the Championship, none of them can offer what Watford can.

According to The Mirror, Pigott stands to earn six times his current salary if he moves to Vicarage Road. However, the step up in standard from League One to the Premier League would be equally drastic.

With this in mind, there is talk of the Hornets immediately loaning the front-man back out to a Championship side, which would serve multiple purposes.

Firstly, what would be his maiden season in the second-tier would allow him to adjust to the higher standard of football before being thrown in at the deep end. Secondly, having signed for free, even a semi-successful season in the Championship would see his value rise.

Whichever way you slice it, if they can get it over the line it looks like smart business for Xisco Muñoz’s side.

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