Medical scheduled: Manchester United hope to complete transfer after breakthrough
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Nick Powell is on standby to undergo a Hull medical after a breakthrough in transfer talks, Football Insider sources understand.
Manager Steve Bruce confirmed on Friday that he was trying to sign the 21-year-old on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that negotiations are progressing well and there is hope from all parties that the deal can be finalised before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
Talks are centred on the cost of the loan fee, with United keen to negotiate a bonus if Powell helps get the Championship high flyers promoted to the Premier League.
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Speaking on Friday, Bruce confirmed Hull are working on a deal for Powell, who is out of contract in the summer.
He said: “On a loan deal until the end of the season, it’s a no-brainer because he can play in a number of positions up the top end of the pitch.
“It hasn’t really worked out for him but then again a way through is difficult at Man United. This can be the perfect stage for him.”
If a deal can be agreed, 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.
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.