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30/05/2012 09:33

Papers: Bid for Powell

The Mirror's Alan Nixon writes…
Let's Nick Powell

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has made a bid worth £5million for Crewe whizkid Nick Powell in an attempt to beat off his rivals. United have put in the first serious offer for attacking midfielder Powell, with around £2m guaranteed and potentially more than double that to follow, based on appearances. Fergie has been on Powell's trail for weeks and his play-off display at Wembley only confirmed their faith in him. The 18-year-old scored a brilliant opening goal last Sunday as Crewe beat Cheltenham 2-0 to clinch promotion to League One. Powell may be given permission to speak to Ferguson this week, but will not jump into the move as he wants to be sure he will be playing regularly at his new club. United may agree to send him out on loan - even back to Crewe for a year - as they want to secure his signature because Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are hovering. Alex will sell if they get the right amount of money up front. They wanted £3m guaranteed and expect to agree that figure in the next few days.

The Mirror also has an interview with Ashley Young from the England camp. "The World Cup was a disappointment," he admitted. "If you ask any player, if they are left out of not just a World Cup squad but any squad then it is so disappointing. But I don't look back too much because I'm confident in my own ability to cement myself into the team which I did after that. It has paid off."

Sticking with England, and Danny Welbeck's family will travel to Ukraine and Poland, according to the Daily Mail, despite fears over racism from fans at the tournament.

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