Report: Brighton make £3m bid for Wigan Athletic star Nick Powell

Brighton manager Chris Hughton gestures from the sideline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James Park on December 30, 2017 in...

Chris Hughton's Brighton and Hove Albion are continuing to overhaul their attack with Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic the latest target.

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Wigan Athletic at Sixfields on January 1, 2018 in Northampton, England.

When Wigan Athletic took on West Ham United in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round clash at the DW Stadium, Nick Powell looked like the game’s most obvious top flight player.

The midfielder was in sublime form as Will Grigg’s double sealed a 2-0 win, displaying class and composure aplenty in the centre of the park, and looking every inch the talent Manchester United thought they were signing from Crewe Alexandra back in 2012.

You never would have guessed that Powell would be playing for the third tier side.

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...

But according to the Mail, the one-time wonderkid could get a fresh start in England’s top flight on transfer deadline day. Because Brighton are understood to have offered £3 million to sign the Wigan talisman as Chris Hughton continues to overhaul his attack.

Powell has scored 11 goals for Wigan this season to fire the side to the top of the League One table and, in truth, he has been a cut above in the third tier of English football.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the Latics would be willing to cash in midway through the season and with a big-money takeover reportedly in the offing. The Mail adds that Wigan could ask for Brighton to send Powell back to Lancashire for the rest of the season on loan.

Wigan Athletic's English midfielder Nick Powell has an unsuccessful shot during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United at the DW Stadium...

Brighton have already signed Jurgen Locadia and Leo Ulloa this month and Powell would offer further creativity and thrust in the final third.

Earlier in the window, TEAMtalk claimed that Southampton, West Brom and Crystal Palace were keen.

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