Middlesbrough have until Friday to finalise any loan deals, and it appears that former Manchester United player Nick Powell is on their radar.
According to TEAMtalk, Tony Pulis is confident of beating Aston Villa, Derby County, Stoke City, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion to the Wigan Athletic star.
The 24-year-old began his career at United, but after failing to make the grade at the top level, the attack-minded star opted to move to Wigan on a permanent basis in 2016.
Powell, who can play as an attacking midfielder or as a forward, has scored three goals and created four assists in four Championship outings already this season.
Boro’s transfer activity has not been ideal following the losses of Ben Gibson, Adama Traore and Patrick Bamford.
However, on the pitch everything has been going to plan as the club currently reside second in the Championship table, level on points with leaders Leeds.
This report on Boro’s alleged interest in Powell has been met with cynicism from some fans on Twitter.
TEAMtalk have a 0% success rate with transfer rumours. Won’t happen
— Boro (@Ironopulis) August 27, 2018
Yeah right O!! 🤔
— BURNETTO 😜⚽️💂🏻🎸🇬🇧🇫🇴 (@burnettimate) August 27, 2018
Now where have I read a headline like that before 😉😂
— Paul McLaine (@boroboy71) August 27, 2018
Why do we need him?? Don’t get it, we’re stacked in midfield already
— akmedo (@akmedo) August 27, 2018
Yeah but villa are after him aswell as half of the championship, we know how it ends.
— steven sharp (@smallmouth83) August 27, 2018
Villa has signed him
— Paul Hall (@boro_hally) August 27, 2018
We won’t get him.
— Stephen Wright (@Stephen525414) August 27, 2018