Manchester United starlet Nick Powell has emerged as a January transfer target for a rival Premier League outfit.
According to the Daily Mirror, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes - who spent 13 years as a player at Old Trafford across two separate stints in the 1980s and 90s - wants to sign the young playmaker on loan for the second half of the season.
19-year-old Powell was brought to Manchester United from Crewe by Sir Alex Ferguson in July 2012 after impressing massively with his virtuoso and mature displays at Alexandra Stadium and scored on his debut in a victory over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford.
The England U21 international joined the recently-relegated Latics on loan in September, enjoying a fairly prosperous spell at the DW Stadium that included a simply a stunning strike during the 3-2 Championship victory over Bolton Wanderers last weekend.
The player remains at Wigan for the time being, yet it was reported earlier this week that David Moyes was keen to recall Powell and re-distribute the player to a Premier League club in January.
This could obviously be good news for Stoke, who have endured a largely difficult and mundane start to the 2013/14 domestic season.
Mark Hughes, who assumed the managerial reigns at the Britannia Stadium this summer following the departure of Tony Pulis, has struggled to implement a new, fluid style of play in the Potteries.
Quite whether a move to Stoke would be the most beneficial option for a player of Powell's ability at such a stage of his career, therefore, is a matter that I am sure will be fiercely debated by members of the Manchester United faithful.