Tranmere Rovers have confirmed the signing of former Premier League striker David Nugent on loan until the end of the season.

Former Portsmouth star Nugent is the third player to sign terms with the Prenton Park club this evening, after Calum MacDonald turned his loan deal into an permanent contract and Bolton's Ali Crawford also joined Keith Hill's side on loan.

The 35-year-old striker, who has one cap and goal for England, joins the Birkenhead club from Championship outfit Preston North End.

Nugent has played the majority of his career in the Premier League and the Championship, winning the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 and has scored more than 150 goals for teams such as Leicester City, Derby County and Burnley.

Speaking about his new striker, Keith Hill 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."​

As part of the deal with Preston North End the Globe understands that Tranmere will not be required to pay Nugent's full wages.