Liverpool & Arsenal chase League Two striker - reports

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Crewe Alexandra striker Nick Powell is reportedly on the radar of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Although he has yet to score in 18 appearances at senior level, the teenage forward has done enough so far in npower League Two to attract admiring glances from the Barclays Premier League.

According to The People, the 17-year-old is being tracked by both Liverpool and Arsenal, with the latter having previously made an unofficial enquiry.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both thought to have sent scouts at different times to keep tabs on the England under 17 international, and a bidding war for his signature could ensue in the summer.

However, Crewe boss Dario Gradi has previously played down fears that Powell will leave the club at this early stage in his career - claiming that Liverpool and Arsenal, or any other suitors, will have to wait until he develops further.

"Our academy youngsters are not for sale at any price," said Gradi.

"It was the same when Arsenal asked about Dean Ashton [who made his debut for Crewe as a 16-year-old in 2000].


"David Dein [former Arsenal vice-chairman] phoned me and said there must be a price I would be prepared to sell him for, and I told him there wasn't. There was no point even discussing it and he accepted that.

"The first thing we do is what is best for the kid. We want them to establish themselves here and it gives out a clear message that, even if Premier League clubs want them at 16, it doesn't matter.

"We want to keep our good young players for our own supporters. We want them to see them play for Crewe and enjoy the same satisfaction as we do and enjoy their progress."

Liverpool and Arsenal are also both reportedly chasing lower league teenagers Connor Wickham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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