Former Portsmouth, Ipswich and Charlton striker closing in on fourth club in four years as 'advanced talks' begin with League Two side

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Former Pompey striker Joe Pigott looks poised to complete a fourth summer transfer window move in a row.

The 30-year-old, who is currently a Leyton Orient player, is reportedly in advanced talks with former club AFC Wimbledon about a possible loan return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium. 

The forward has played for three different clubs since his Dons exit in 2021, with his career set to turn full circle if a deal with the League Two outfit can be struck.

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Pigott’s form for Wimbledon in his previous three-and-a-half season stint in west London made him a wanted man, with his 47 goals in 137 league appearances seeing Ipswich, Pompey, Sunderland, Luton and Bristol City all battling for his signature.

The former Charlton youngster opted for a free transfer move to Ipswich, though, as the Tractor Boys splashed the cash under their new American owners. Yet, since then, the player has struggled to repeat the goalscoring exploits that had a host of clubs competing for his services.

Pigott struggled for game time and goals at Portman Road as he scored just twice in 22 League One games, of which 10 were starts. That saw the division’s big spenders finish 11th in the table that season, with Paul Cook paying the price and sacked midway through the 2021-22 campaign.

It was considered something of a coup when Danny Cowley managed to bring the forward to Fratton Park on loan in the summer of 2022 as he looked to reinvigorate Pompey’s attack. Long gone were the underperforming trio of John Marquis, Ellis Harrison and Tyler Walker, who tested fans’ patience, to be replaced by Colby Bishop, Dane Scarlett and Pigott. But as Bishop excelled at PO4, both Scarlett and Pigott failed to meet expectations. Indeed, despite being a popular character in the Fratton Park dressing room and managing 44 appearances in all competitions, the on-loan Ipswich man scored just seven goals - a disappointing return which contributed to an equally-regrettable eighth-place finish.

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Pigott also started Cowley’s last game as Blues boss before he was sacked - against Charlton on January 1, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.

With the Tractor Boys back in the Championship on his Portman Road return, Pigott was unlikely to get game time under Kieran McKenna last season, which prompted a move to Leyton Orient on a two-year deal. But continuing the theme of recent years, he managed just two league goals in 36 appearances as the O’s were relegated to League Two.

Pigott is back in familiar territory this summer, with another move now on the cards. His stock is unfortunately on the decline. But he’ll be hoping a likely return to his former stomping ground can revive his career and help him find the back of the net again.

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