Gunners prepare move for another teenage starlet

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Crewe Alexandra starlet Nick Powell.

The 16-year-old was, according to the News of the World, the subject of a £1 million bid from Arsenal in the summer, and now Arsene Wenger is planning a January move for the player.

Dario Gradi resisted the Gunners' bid for the England U17 international, hoping to receive more for the player after tying him to a new three-year deal at Gresty Road.

An attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker, Powell is the secone young Lion linked with a move to the Emirates after the north London side reportedly made a 'big offer' for Connor Wickham during the transfer window.

A senior debut against Cheltenham Town was Powell's opening experience of first team football, and the Railwaymen have great hope for the youngster as the next potential Dean Ashton or David Platt to come for Gradi's production line.

The News of the World reports that Arsenal are keen to secure the player's signature in January, and could pay in the region of £3 million for the player to prevent other Premier League sides from taking the player.

Powell would join a talented crop of youngsters at Arsenal, with the club's Academy boasting some of the finest players from across Europe.

Frenchman Wenger continues to invest in youth at the Emirates, and would strengthen the junior Gunners setup further with another rising English star.

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