• 'It really is a dream come true,' says Powell
• Sir Alex Ferguson: 'He is an exceptional talent
Manchester United have completed the signing of the England Under-18 international Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra on a four-year deal.
United have been monitoring Powell for some time and have beaten off interest from Everton to sign him. The Premier League runners-up have confirmed the youngster has passed a medical and will join at the beginning of next month.
"We have scouted Nick for months now," said the United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. "He is an exceptional talent and has been schooled well at Crewe. I'm delighted he has chosen to come to United. He has a lot to offer and we are all looking forward to working with him."
Powell, an attacking midfielder, is likely to fill the void created by Paul Pogba's imminent exit for Juventus.
"It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United," he said. "I have had a great time at Crewe and would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years."
Powell is the second midfielder signed by United this month, following the arrival of the Japan international Shinji Kagawa from Borussia DortmundWith Pogba almost definitely leaving for Juventus and Morrison having left in January, we're not that well stocked in young midfield talent any-more. Therefore I'm fairly happy with Powell's signing but I don't expect him to be anything other then a bit player for next season. Hopefully he'll be able to learn from Giggs and Scholes in what will probably be their last season.