Leeds fighting Championship rivals for Wigan star Nick Powell

Leeds United have been named amongst a host of Championship sides fighting for the services of Wigan ace Nick Powell, TEAMtalk has revealed.

What’s the word?

While the transfer window closed in England a few weeks ago, deals could still go ahead until Friday due to the loan deadline, and Leeds United have been named as one of the clubs fighting for the services of a former Manchester United midfielder.

TEAMTalk¬†claims Leeds, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Middlesbrough are all keen on the services of Wigan ace Nick Powell, though it is Tony Pulis’ side who are said to be leading the chase for the 24-year-old talent.

Powell has entered the final 12 months of his deal with the Latics and Wigan are ready to cash-in before Friday’s deadline, in a deal that would see Powell move to a new side on loan until January before a move is made permanent in the New Year.

A fee of around £5m is said to be enough to secure the midfielder, who has caught the eye so far this season with three goals and three assists in just five matches.

Do Leeds need him?

While Leeds have earned all the plaudits so far this season after an unbeaten start in the Championship, boasting four wins and one draw, Middlesbrough have equalled their points tally – while Aston Villa are just four points off the pace.

Marcelo Bielsa is understood to still be in the market for at least one more addition before the loan window’s deadline on Friday and midfield could be an area of focus for the experienced boss, as the Peacocks lack central options beyond Lewis Baker, Matuesz Klich and Kalvin Phillips – with the latter being more defensively-minded as it is.

Not only would Powell be a stellar arrival who could provide a boost to Leeds’ promotion push, seeing the 24-year-old move to a rival like Middlesbrough or Villa could come back to haunt Bielsa’s side in the months ahead.

With three goals and three assists already this season, Powell is proving himself to be one of the standout names in the Championship already and a move to Leeds could help cement the club’s position as promotion favourites.