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Hull manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he wants to sign Manchester United playmaker Nick Powell on a permanent basis.
The 21-year-old completed a deadline day move to the Championship high flyers on loan until the end of the season.
Powell has had scarce first-team involvement at Old Trafford after making little progress during his three-and-a-half years at the club.
But Bruce has been impressed by what he’s seen of Powell in the last few weeks and is keen to make him a permanent member of the Tigers’ squad.
“If I get the chance I would like to make it permanent,” he said on Friday. “United hold all the cards.”
However, Powell’s United contract expires in the summer and a United source has told Football Insider there has been no indication he will be handed an extension.
There have been question marks about the youngster’s attitude and commitment to training, and there is a strong possibility he has played his last game for United.
Powell impressed on his Hull debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup last Saturday as Bruce’s team secured a goal-less draw to take the tie to a second leg.
The youngster has said he wants to make up for lost time.
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“I have read papers, comments, pretty much everything said about me,” he said in an interview earlier this week. “I am not a dumb little kid anymore like I used to be, who just did as I wanted.
“You cannot say certain things, you cannot do certain things, I feel like I have been perceived as a lost cause, and a maverick but I feel that is not the truth.
“The only way to do that is to play my football and to show people I am not injury prone or a nuisance.”
Since moving to United in 2012, Powell has made only nine first-team appearances and just two this season, which bizarrely came when he was thrust on as a substitute for Juan Mata when Louis van Gaal’s team were chasing late goals against Wolfsburg and Bournemouth in December.