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United targeting Crewe play-off hero Powell

Manchester United a preparing to swoop for Crewe Alexandra star Nick Powell following his heroics in their League Two play-off triumph at Wembley on Sunday the Daily Mail reports.

The 18-year-old scored a stunning opening goal as Alex beat Cheltenham Town to seal promotion to League One next season but is expected to leave Gresty Road to join United this week.

Sir Alex Ferguson has personally cast his eye over the England youth international this season who has been acknowledged as the finest talent to progress through Crewe’s famed youth system.

Powell has produced a number of eye catching displays in his breakout campaign scoring 16 goals in 44 games and playing a vital role for Steve Davis’ side in their 18-match unbeaten run that took them to the play-off final.

Speaking on Sunday Davis, who took over from the legendary Dario Gradi in November, hinted that it’s likely the teenager will leave the club this summer but insisted nothing would happen until after the game against Cheltenham.

“Every Tom, Dick and Harry from the Championship and Premier League has watched him this season.” He said.

“But nothing is solid. Nothing will happen until after the final. We will know more next week.”

The clubs perilous financial position would make it difficult for chairman John Bowler to rebuff big money offers with United expected to offer £4 million plus lucrative add ons for Powell.

Crewe captain David Artell was full of praise for the teenage midfielder and insists he possesses the attributes to play at highest level English football has to offer.

Artell said: “He’s the best player I have ever played with. He can go right to the very top and all of these Premier League teams are fully justified in watching him.

“We are not a one-man team but there have been games this season he has done things which are out of this world.”

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