Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils duo wanted by old rivals

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Leeds United are believed to be keen to sign both Nick Powell and Ashley Fletcher from Manchester United this summer.

Former Swansea City boss Garry Monk has been appointed manager at Elland Road and reportedly wants to take two youngsters from Leeds’s old rivals.

According to The Express, Monk is keen to bring Powell to Leeds when his Old Trafford contract expires at the end of June, with United prepared to let him go for free.

Powell was tipped as a hot prospect when he joined United from Crewe Alexandra in 2012, but has only made nine senior appearances for the Red Devils, and has struggled to make an impact on various loan spells.

But The Express understands that he retains plenty of fans in the Championship and that Leeds hope to beat Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic to his signature.

And Powell could be joined at Leeds by United teammate Fletcher, who impressed potential suitors with eight goals on loan at Barnsley last season, including one in the League One playoff final.

The Express cites The Sun as claiming that Monk would be happy to take Fletcher on loan or on a permanent basis, but that he may face competition from promoted Barnsley.

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