Championship duo Birmingham City and Preston North End are set to battle it out to sign Motherwell striker Louis Moult in January, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Scottish side Motherwell would apparently consider a bid of around £650,000. Their rivals Rangers and Hibernian are also keeping tabs on the in-demand striker along with Birmingham and Preston.

Moult, 25, started his career with Stoke City but only ever made one senior appearance for the Potters. He had various loan spells at Bradford City, Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town and Alfreton Town before joining Northampton Town on a permanent basis in 2012.

Moult struggled to establish himself in the Northampton first-team and left after a just a season to join non-league side Nuneaton Town. In the 2013/14 season, Moult scored 17 goals which earned him a move to Wrexham in 2014. He bagged 16 goals for them in the Conference (now the National League) in his one season with the club and moved up to Scotland to join Motherwell in 2015. He has scored 35 goals in 78 games for Motherwell.

Motherwell apparently rejected a bid from Aberdeen for Moult in the summer. However, he has recently rejected a new contract and looks set to leave the club in January. He has proven in Scotland that he can score goals, can he do it in England?

Birmingham City and Preston are two clubs that could offer him a route back into English football. They are two sides who are expected to be busy in January looking to bolster their squads for the rest of the season.

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