Deal close: Manchester United in talks to transfer £6million playmaker
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Former wonderkid Nick Powell is in talks to join Hull on loan in the January window, Football Insider sources understand.
Manchester United are willing to allow the 21-year-old to move to the Championship high-flyers for the rest of the season.
If a deal can be agree in the final days of the window, there is a possibility that Powell has played his last game for United.
The 21-year-old has had scarce first-team involvement at Old Trafford after making little progress during his three-and-a-half years at the club.
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He 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.
A senior United source has told Football Insider that Powell’s attitude and commitment to training has not been of the standard expected of a player at the club.
The club are not expected to offer the attacking midfielder a contract extension and he will be free to leave the Premier League giants for nothing when he current deal expires in the summer summer.
Powell was the most highly-rated English player in his age group when United beat off interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham to sign him in the summer of 2012.
He cost an initial £4million rising to a potential £6million but few of the add-ons have been triggered because the youngster has barely figured over the last three years.
Powell was sent out on loan by United boss Louis van Gaal to Leicester on deadline day in September 2014 after appearing in United’s shock 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons.
But the deal proved to be a disaster for former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who was so disappointed at the player’s time-keeping and attitude that he pulled the plug on the deal in January of this year just three months in to the agreement. Powell had made just three Leicester appearances.