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Looks like Niall Horan just made a HUGE decision about his solo career — and it's pretty unexpected!

Everyone long thought that he'd work with Simon Cowell and Syco on his next record deal, but the former One Direction star has majorly flipped the script — and signed with Universal Music, according to media reports!

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Horan, 22, has reportedly now followed in the footsteps of former bandmates Harry Styles and Liam Payne with his solo deal, which appears to be a "big money" offer in the surprising jump to Universal.

The company — which lost out on Harry — didn't waste any time by making a HUGE offer to Niall to pull him right out from under Cowell's nose, with a source saying:

"This will come as a real blow to Cowell who has been talking to Niall for months, wanting him to sign a deal with his label Syco. He made a number of big money offers to try and persuade Niall to sign up but, in the end, Universal came in and put even more money on the table. They're chuffed to have got one over on Cowell and have taken one of 1D."


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The source continued:

"Universal said they would pay Niall whatever it took. They heard his solo music and they all think it's got good potential. They really had to throw the dollars at him but they think it's worth it."

There's no question Cowell is going to be upset about this, considering he had to have figured Syco had Niall in the bag… but not so fast!!

Sounds like Niall is pretty excited about what the future holds for his solo career, and for good reason — though it remains to be seen just how that will look at this point.

Regardless, looks like Universal Music finally got their man in this case!

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