According to the Daily Star, the One Direction star has ‘snubbed’ his mentor Cowell for a bigger record deal.

Niall was originally going to sign onto Simon’s Syco label, which the two had been in talks about for months. Cowell said earlier this summer that he hoped to announce the deal ‘soon.’

A US source told the Daily Star that the X-Factor judge ‘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.’

Universal subsidiary label Capitol had previously hoped to do a solo deal with Harry Styles, who decided to star with Sony.

When it came to the Irish singer, the source says: ‘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.’

Simon Cowell had only said weeks before ‘We are expecting to announce something soon with Niall. I’ve always known he’s loyal..’

How he will react to the news is anyone’s guess…


Via The Daily Star