Celtic are reportedly interested in making a move for Wigan Athletic star Nick Powell this summer.
The former Manchester United star is set to stay in the UK next season, and is attracting interest from both the Hoops and Rangers, according to TEAMtalk.
Powell has had an impressive season at Wigan this term. He’s notched seven goals and seven assists in just 27 appearances.
But, after nearly three years at the DW Stadium, he looks likely to move on. Powell is out-of-contract at the end of the season, and will likely be looking at another big move.
Should Celtic decide to make a move for him, they’ll apparently have plenty of rivals to contend with. Leipzig and Monchengladbach have reportedly stepped up their bids to sign Powell. Both sides have apparently approached the player.
But TEAMtalk believes that he would prefer to stay in the UK. If he does, then he apparently has interest from a number of Premiership and Championship clubs.
Competition aplenty for his signature
Burnley, Brighton, Norwich City, Derby County, and Sheffield Wednesday are all mentioned as rivals for Celtic for Powell’s signature.
Lennon has been linked with the former Manchester United ace before. The Mail reported five years ago that Lennon had personally scouted the attacking midfielder before he left Celtic at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if his admiration for Powell still exists.
Of course, Powell played in a position where Celtic have some real competition. Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie are both Celtic’s main creative sparks in the midfield. Rogic slots into the number 10 position nicely whilst Christie is more of an eight. But both take on the responsibility of making the Hoops click going forward.
Powell would need to be of exceptional quality to get in ahead of either of those two men, nevermind both. But the fact he would cost nothing means there’s no risk involved with this deal.
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