BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Preston North End have confirmed the signing of Charlton Athletic defender Patrick Bauer on a three-year contract.
The German centre-back is out of contract at the end of this month and announced yesterday night on his Twitter page that he would not be staying with the promoted South London club.
Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic were also keen on Bauer. It is understood the wages on offer were double what Charlton put on the table.
Bauer moved to Charlton from Maritimo in July 2015. He played 39 times last season for the Addicks and scored one goal – the winner in the League One play-off final.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer said: “I wish him the best and hope he can carry on progressing in his career. He was a man mountain for me in the time I’ve been in charge. He deserves everything he gets in the game. He’s been a true professional and a great person to be around, so I just wish him all the best.
“I will never forget that goal.”
Preston boss Alex Neil said: “Patrick is a strong and powerful defender who we have monitored closely. He has experience of playing at the top level in Portugal and adapted very well to English football in the past few years and he will add more competition to our defence in the central positions.”