United keen on England starlet

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Manchester United are ready to make a move for Crewe youngster Nick Powell, according to Setanta Sports.

The England under-18 international bagged a sensational goal at the weekend as Crewe won promotion to League One, and Sir Alex Ferguson is poised to sign off on the £4million capture of the highly-rated teenager.

Powell has been an ever-present for Crewe this year, scoring 16 goals from an attacking midfield position, on his way to claiming all five of his side's end-of-season awards.

The Football League apprentice of the year picked up the Crewe Young Player of the Year award, the Player of the Year award, and Goal of the Season, and capped a remarkable 12 months by scoring a stunning strike against Cheltenham in the League 2 Playoff Final.

Ferguson has been keeping tabs on the 18-year-old all season, and Crewe's assistant manager Neil Baker believes the youngster could be the club's best ever academy graduate.

However, with United interested and ready to open the bidding, the Wembley showpiece could have been Powell's last game for the Railwaymen, and Crewe boss Steve Davis conceded it would be difficult to hold on to their star player.

"We've not had any solid offers but I think it will come," said Davis. "Next week we may see something develop. I've said all season he's a huge talent. I think he can go to the Premier League, he's a very capable lad."

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