Report: Aston Villa were leading race for Nick Powell, but now West Bromwich Albion are interested

Nick Powell (2ndR) of Wigan Athletic is congratulated by team mates as they celebrate the own goal scored by Emerson Hyndman of AFC Bournemouth during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are set to go head to head for the signature of Nick Powell.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic is congratulated by team mates as they celebrate the own goal scored by Emerson Hyndman of AFC Bournemouth during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

According to a report in TeamTalk, Aston Villa were leading the race for Nick Powell, but they could now be set to miss out.

Villa and Derby County were said to be at the front of the queue for Powell’s signature, after announcing their interest in the Wigan Athletic midfielder.

However, Premier League interest is now rising in Powell, with West Bromwich Albion among the interested parties.

Albion, Southampton and Crystal Palace are all chasing Powell - and that means Villa’s transfer plans could have to be scrapped.

Nick Powell (2ndR) of Wigan Athletic is congratulated by team mates as they celebrate the own goal scored by Emerson Hyndman of AFC Bournemouth during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

If Villa are to lose out to West Brom that will be a bitter pill to swallow, given the rivalry between the two teams.

Villa will also hope that they will be swapping leagues with West Brom at the end of the season.

However, Powell may want another chance in the Premier League, if the opportunity arises this month, after his failed spell at Manchester United as a youngster.

Manchester United's English midfielder Nick Powell celebrates scoring his goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford...

Powell moved to United, after impressing at Crewe Alexander, but he failed to make the grade.

The 24-year-old midfielder has now rebuilt his career at Wigan, and has scored 11 goals in 23 matches at League One level this season, to become one of the most in-demand players in the Football League.

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