The Wigan Athletic midfielder is being linked with a move to Bruce’s new club, Sheffield Wednesday.
Hull City’s failure to sign a player who was this week linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday was a factor in Steve Bruce’s decision to quit as manager of the Tigers in 2016, according to the Daily Mirror.
Teamtalk reports that Wednesday are among the clubs keen to offer Nick Powell a contract when his deal expires this summer, adding that the Owls boss, Bruce, remains a big fan of the seven-goal seven-assist Wigan Athletic midfielder.
The 58-year-old previously signed Powell on loan the season in which Sheffield Wednesday lost to the Tigers in the Championship play-off final.
But when Bruce tried to tie up a permanent deal for the then Manchester United player his plan was scuppered by Hull’s then vice-chairman.
“We’re disappointed as it looks like we’ve missed out on Nick Powell,” he told BBC Radio Humberside. “You’ll have to ask Ehab (Allam) why (it hasn’t happened).
“I spoke to Nick last week and he insinuated to me that he would want to come back … he’s obviously chose Wolves [although it was Wigan he eventually joined].”
Bruce, who left Hull just a few weeks later, had previously told the Daily Express: ”Nick’s only 21, he’s a wonderful talent. I remember watching him play for Wigan in the Championship when he was 18 or 19 and he did very well.
“He’s got fantastic talent and I’m not just looking at it for the next three months, I’d love to make (the loan deal) permanent if I could.”
And the Sheffield Wednesday boss was willing to pay £5 million to set up a reunion with Powell at Aston Villa during last summer’s transfer window, according to The Sun.
Perhaps it’ll be third time lucky at Hillsborough?