The Tigers have been looking at adding a new forward to their ranks this month and have subsequently been linked with a number of players over the past four weeks.
The latest name doing the rounds on Humberside is United outcast Powell, and Bruce admits he is keen on the former Crewe star and is looking at finalising a deal before the upcoming deadline.
“Nick is definitely someone who interests us. I rate him highly as a player, and I’ve liked him right from the first time I saw him as a kid at Crewe,” Bruce admitted.
“You can never have enough attacking options, and I believe Nick can help us achieve our ambitions for the season.
“He’s a talented boy who’s versatile and can play in different roles. We’ll see if we can get something over the line and, hopefully, we’ll be able to.”
The 21-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2012 after helping Crewe win promotion from League Two, topping the club’s scoring charts with 15 goals despite not being a predominant striker.
Powell then experienced loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Leicester City, yet his spell at the latter caused controversy over his apparent lack of commitment and marked a turning point in his United career.
His lack of opportunities at Old Trafford has been evident, and with his contract set to expire this summer it appears a permanent switch elsewhere is very much on the cards.
Hull are keen on bolstering their promotion hopes as they currently top the Championship table, seeing Powell as an ideal partner for the club’s top scorer Abel Hernandez.