St Johnstone have secured Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Jamie McCart on a pre-contract agreement.
The Perth club had competition from Ian McCall’s Partick Thistle, with the centre-back speaking to both clubs.
McCart, son of former Motherwell defender Chris, has chosen Saints.
He will arrive in the summer but a deal could yet be struck to take him to McDiarmid Park in this transfer window.
Saints have also targeted Caley Thistle for their right-back Shaun Rooney, again on a pre-contract.