Leeds United have been open to the prospect of a new number ten coming through the door at Elland Road since the start of the transfer window, according to local journalist Phil Hay.
Meanwhile, the Mirror report that Marcelo Bielsa is not willing to be held to ransom this month on the price of any potential new recruits and a deal will only get done if it makes financial sense for the club.
In the lower reaches of the Championship, Wigan have been unable to convince Nick Powell to sign a new contract and Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic are both reportedly battling for his signature.
And if Bielsa wants a number 10 with flair, quality and confidence, then Powell could provide a cut-price option this month – boosting the Whites’ midfield options without the need to pay over the odds.
Powell’s Manchester United connections may not be forgotten by some at Elland Road, but he could hardly be regarded as interwoven with the fabric at Old Trafford and his career success has been achieved since leaving the club.
There aren’t many players with Powell’s ability to change a game on the market in January, and even less for whom the asking price will likely be reasonable.
Leeds should be able to compete financially with Celtic and Rangers, which could make Powell a left-field pick if Bielsa still wants a number 10 before the window slams shut.