NICK POWELL has sparked a scramble by turning down a £1 million-a-year contract at Wigan.
Powell’s deal is up and he is now a free agent despite being offered a big rise and long-term stay.
Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday are keen, while Stoke may also step in for talks now that he is leaving.
Rangers and Celtic have tried for Powell, 25, too but he has a young family and is looking to stay in England.
Powell came through Crewe’s academy as a midfielder and was snapped up by Manchester United in 2012.
He spent the majority of his time at Old Trafford on loan before joining Wigan four years later.
The England Under-21s international has since moved further forward and scored 15 goals last season.
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His returns were down in the current campaign but the Latics’ Championship rivals are still circling.
Wigan finished the season safely in 18th but will need to invest in their squad to move up the table.
Losing Powell will be a huge blow for Paul Cook as he plans for next season.