According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon on Twitter, Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce is lining up a move for Nick Powell if Fernando Forestieri goes to Sheffield United.
Although Wednesday fans have every right to get excited about the Wigan man’s potential arrival, they should be more excited about what it could mean for other areas of their squad.
The former Manchester United midfielder has proven himself to be one of the Championship’s best number 10’s despite being in a struggling Wigan side.
The 25-year-old has scored eight and assisted five in 32 appearances for the Latics this season, meaning he would be a great player to replace Forestieri with.
The Italian has undoubtedly been one of the second tier’s most talented players for nearly five years now, but the Owls shouldn’t miss him too much if they bring in Powell.
If the 29-year-old does choose to move to Sheffield United, it will be a bitter pill to swallow for Wednesdayites but it may be exactly what they need to push on and get promoted next season.
The Sun (12/5, page 59) have reported that it would take a bid of around £14 million to get the attacking midfielder away from Hillsborough.
With Powell being available on a free this summer that leaves the Owls with a lot of money in the kitty if they want to improve other areas of their squad.
They have recently been linked with other free transfers such as Jordan Willis and Julian Borner. After the departures of Gary Hooper, George Boyd and Almen Abdi, Bruce should have a lot of space in his wage budget.
When you factor in the £14 million they may be receiving for Forestieri, then you have to believe a marquee signing may be arriving at Hillsborough this summer.
Owls fans should be excited at this prospect as the club may smash their record transfer fee in order to back their manager in his first transfer window.