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Tranmere land former England and Leicester striker on loan


Tranmere have bolstered their attacking options this evening with the signing of veteran striker David Nugent on loan from Championship club Preston North End until the end of the season.

Nugent, 35, has had a stellar career which include a cap for England in which he famously scored. However, his record at club level is outstanding and his arrival is going to add more vital experience to the Rovers squad as they look to continue a promotion push.

He started his career with Bury before earning a move to Preston where his scoring record caught the eye of a host of clubs. He joined Portsmouth for £6million in 2007 and played 78 games over four years before joining Leicester on a free transfer.

54 goals in 159 appearances for the Foxes meant that he continued to have admirers and Middlesbrough paid £2million for his services in 2015. He also had time at Derby before returning to Preston in 2019. 

The Huyton-born forward was linked with Tranmere last summer and boss Keith Hill is delighted to add a player of his calibre to his squad.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “David is a brilliant signing for the Club and I have got to thank the Chairman for all the signings we have made this month.

“David’s CV is up there with the best. He is going to come in and be competitive. He has the hunger, desire, and determination to help us. He wanted to come here, and he is going to help us try to achieve our ambitions this season.

“It shows the Club’s ambition. You want to work in an ambitious environment with talented players and it excites me that I’ve been given the opportunity to work with David, with his goal scoring record, the way he works on a football pitch and his desire, determination, his worth-ethic and goal-scoring runs.

“It really gives us a good opportunity for us to achieve our aims this season.

“Competition makes a team stronger and more ambitious. We are working with a good squad and we are trying to improve it with the recruitment that we have made so far and the retaining of players, it gives us more opportunities to be successful.”

Nugent is a great bit of business by Rovers who were an injury to James Vaughan away from having an inexperienced forward line in such a crucial season. It’s going to be interesting to see how he’s deployed.

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