Wigan midfielder Nick Powell is set to wrap up a new deal with the League One club, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Powell, 23, will agree terms to a new contract at the DW Stadium after he was the subject of an approach from Aston Villa.
It is understood that the West Midlands outfit approached Wigan with an enquiry about the goalscoring midfielder, but were rebuffed by the League One leaders.
The report adds that Powell has told his friends that he will be extending his deal with the Latics, but it is said that it depends on whether a takeover of the Lancashire club goes through.
Former Manchester United player Powell has been in hot form for Wigan this season, scoring 11 goals in 21 league games from the attacking midfield position.
Football Insider verdict
Aston Villa do not need to look at strengthening their midfield yet as Steve Bruce’s side is crying out for a new striker and potentially even a new goalkeeper. If the Villains lose Sam Johnstone it could be gameover as far as their push for promotion is concerned while the current striker options at Villa Park are perhaps no better than some of the teams battling relegation from the Championship. Bruce is very limited in what he can spend by Financial Fair Play so getting in anyone is likely to prove tough. Missing out on Powell is not much of a blow anyway. The ex-Man Untied midfielder has found his level in League One after several poor outings in the Championship and Premier League over the years.
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