Manchester United duo Nick Powell and Tom Lawrence completed moves to newly-promoted Leicester City in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the relevant paperwork submitted in time to beat the transfer deadline.
Central midfielder Powell has joined the Foxes on a season-long loan deal, while Lawrence has completed a permanent move for an undisclosed fee, according to BBC Sport.
The Wales Under-21 international, who made one senior appearance for Manchester United, has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at the King Power Stadium.
Lawrence picked by Giggs last season
The Wrexham-born forward rose to prominence at the end of last season, when he was named in the Red Devils’ starting line-up by interim manager Ryan Giggs to face Hull City.
He was replaced by Giggs himself, who was making his final appearance as a Manchester United player at Old Trafford, midway through the second half.
Lawrence, 20, spent time out on loan at Carlisle United and Yeovil Town but failed to convince United boss Louis van Gaal that he had a future at Old Trafford.
In order to play regular first-team football, Lawrence has accepted the opportunity to join Leicester, who currently sit one place below Manchester United in the Premier League table having secured two points from their opening three matches.
Powell joins Leicester on loan
That Powell has joined the Foxes at the same time will only help Lawrence settle. The England Under-21 international, who played a prominent role with Championship side Wigan Athletic last season, will play for Nigel Pearson’s side for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign.
Powell featured in the Red Devils’ humiliating 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons last week, but was one of United’s better performers on the night.
The attacking midfielder, who scored a terrific goal on his Manchester United debut in 2012, has failed to establish a first-team place at the Theatre of Dreams.
Van Gaal’s predecessor, David Moyes, opted to send Powell out on loan for the entire 2013/14 season - and United’s current boss could also see no place in his team for the 20-year-old, despite only signing one proper central midfielder this summer.
Are United strong enough in midfield?
United fans expected another first-class central midfielder to accompany Ander Herrera at Old Trafford this summer. Juventus star Arturo Vidal was the player strongly tipped to secure a move to the 20-time champions, but a deal failed to materialise.
Van Gaal, however, has secured the services of Netherlands international Daley Blind, while Angel di Maria has also been signed to play in the Red Devils’ midfield three.
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