The 28-year-old has reportedly agreed a pre-contract deal with the Tannadice outfit and United have opened negotiations with the Steelmen over a transfer this month rather than waiting until the summer.
United would likely have to pay a six-figure fee for Watt’s services. He is currently the top goalscorer in the cinch Premiership and is part of a Motherwell team pushing for a European place.
Watt would no doubt enhance a United team that has found goals hard to come by. Marc McNulty is due to return from injury imminently and that will ease the burden on Nicky Clark, who has been the only senior recognised fit striker recently.
United have used a swathe of youngsters recently, especially with a Covid outbreak forcing manager Tam Courts’ hand, and the likes of Darren Watson, Declan Glass, Kieran Freeman, Archie Meekison and Chris Mochrie will push for more game-time in the second half of the season.