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The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND PREVIEWS - By Neil Fissler

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.

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