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NOTTINGHAM FOREST have asked about taking Manchester United starlet Nick Powell on loan for the rest of the season.
The Premier League giants are ready to listen to offers for Powell, who had a season-long loan spell at Leicester City cut short at the start of last month.
Powell started out at his home-town club Crewe Alexandra before moving to Old Trafford in July 2012 in a deal worth up to £6m.
The 20-year-old spent the whole of last season on loan at Wigan Athletic.
He was then sent to Leicester but, after playing only three games, Foxes boss Nigel Pearson sent him back to United claiming he showed a lack of commitment in training.
Forest are keen to sign him after having a full transfer embargo lifted when they paid an instalment of Britt Assombalonga’s transfer fee to Peterborough United.
New Forest boss Dougie Freedman wanted Powell when he was in charge at Bolton earlier in the season.
He could face competition from his former club now that the emergency loan window is open for business.
Freedman believes the former England U21 international midfielder could give his side a vital boost in the closing months of the season. NORWICH are poised to complete a deal to take WBA midfielder Graham Dorrans on loan.
They failed to do a permanent deal for Dorrans on deadline day but a loan signing is close. BRIGHTON & Hove Albion are leading the race to sign Queens Park Rangers winger Shaun WrightPhillips on loan for the rest of the season.
The 33-year-old is in the last few months of his £60,000 a week contract and last weekend made his first appearance of the season for Rangers.
The former England international is looking to finish his career in the MLS.
Wright-Phillips has turned down chances to sign for Bolton, Blackburn and Charlton because he didn’t want to take a cut in wages.
But he now realises that to get his career moving in the right direction he will have to take the decision to move.
Charlton could give Wright-Phillips an option of staying in London.