Patrick Bauer has signed for Preston North End, the Lancashire club have announced.

The 26-year-old's contract runs out at the end of the month and despite the club offering new terms, the German has decided his future lies at Deepdale signing a three-year contract.

The package the Lancashire club offered dwarfed the offer on the table from the Addicks as self-imposed financial restrictions placed on the club by owner Roland Duchatelet as he attempts to sell the club leave Lee Bowyer with one of, if not the, smallest budget in the second tier.

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Bauer joined the Addicks in 2015 from Maritimo and made 135 outings for Charlton, his last act being scoring the winner which clinched promotion to the Championship at Wembley.

The man known as the BFG, leaves The valley with Bowyer's best wishes as he paid his respects on the club website.

“I wish him the best and hope he can carry on progressing in his career," Bowyer said.

"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.

He added: “I will never forget that goal.”

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Speaking to Preston NE Official, Bauer said:

“I was four years at Charlton, we had some disappointing moments, but also highs, like the promotion this season.

"I spent a good time there, but it was time for me to start a new chapter in my career and I am really excited to be here now.”

The former Stuttgart man took to Twitter to break the news on Tuesday that he was leaving Charlton:

"After spending the last 4 years at Charlton Athletic Football Club I have decided to start a new chapter in my career. In those 5 years I've met a lot of amazing people and made many good friends.

"Thank you to the staff, management, my teammates and especially the supporters for making me feel welcome since day one. Obviously we went through some tough times together, but I'm happy i could help the club to get back to the Championship and that we created some unforgettable memories at Wembley that will live forever. I wish everyone involved only the best for the future in this special football club."