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Three reasons Newcastle must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign Nick Powell

According to TEAMtalk, Southampton are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Wigan Athletic attacking midfielder and former Manchester United flop Nick Powell before the January transfer window slams shut.

TEAMtalk says that Saints, along with Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion and Championship clubs Derby County and Aston Villa, are leading the chase for the 23-year-old, who is enjoying an impressive campaign for the Latics.

Powell has scored 11 goals in 23 matches for the League One leaders – averaging a goal every 153 minutes – as they look remain on course to make an instant return to the Championship.

The Crewe Alexandra graduate is certainly enjoying more success than he did with the Red Devils, whom he left for the DW Stadium in 2016 having scored one goal in nine appearances after moving to Old Trafford in a deal that could have been worth £6m in 2012.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are precariously positioned three points above the Premier League relegation zone and manager Rafa Benitez’s transfer plans have taken a hit after owner Mike Ashley reportedly pulled the plug on a potential takeover deal with PCP Partners.

The Spaniard will now look to Ashley to provide him with some finds to strengthen his squad in the remaining days of the window, and bringing Powell to St James’ Park could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign the in-form No 10…

Article title: Three reasons Newcastle must hijack Southampton’s bid to sign Nick Powell

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