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Man United Confirm Signing of Crewe Alexandra Youngster Nick Powell

Old Trafford side land young striker.

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Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Crewe Alexandra for the transfer of Nick Powell for an undisclosed fee.

The 18-year-old England U18 international has passed a medical and agreed a four-year contract commencing 1 July 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have recruited the youngster and told ManUtd.com: “We have scouted Nick for months now. He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe.

“I’m delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

Powell himself is over the moon to have secured a move to Old Trafford and told us: “It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United. I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.

“I’m excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad. The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can’t wait to get started.”

SOURCE: Official Man United Website

It’s believed that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have paid £2m, with a possible further £2m dependent on appearances according to BBC Sport and if that’s the case then he may well have secured something of a bargain though clearly it’s hard to judge just how able a player is to deliver on his obvious potential the teenage forward has already done a great deal to suggest he has a bright future.

Powell has had an excellent breakthrough season at Crewe, netting 16 goals to help Steve Davis’s side to promotion to League One. The 18 year old is a product of the club’s famed academy and seemingly likely to leave for a Premier League club and the youngster now faces the tough choice of taking his pick of many prospective suitors.

It seems likely that the Crewe youngster may well be initially sent out on loan to gain experience as he is still sure to be some way off Premier League level at present.

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