Motherwell have agreed a £450,000 deal to sell star striker Louis Moult to English Championship side Preston North End in January.

The 25-year-old, who is currently injured and therefore looks to have played his last game for the club, will put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract at Deepdale, where he will work under former Hamilton manager Alex Neil.

It is believed that Motherwell have secured a sell-on clause as part of the deal.

"Louis has made a terrific contribution to this football club,” manager Stephen Robinson said. “We are sorry to see him go at this stage but he leaves with our thanks and best wishes.

“The player made clear he would not be extending his stay after the end of the season. So when the offer came from Preston, we had to weigh up whether the money would benefit the club against the risk and reward of keeping him and then allowing him to leave on a free.

“We accepted the offer based on that it would be best for all parties now that a club has agreed a contract with the player.”