Aston Villa transfer target Nick Powell will reject a move away from Wigan Athletic and put pen to paper on a new contract provided that the club’s proposed takeover materialises, according to The Sun.

The 23-year-old has been in stunning form for Paul Cook’s table-topping League 1 side this term, finding the back of the net on 11 occasions in his 25 appearances across all competitions.

As a result, Powell’s form has attracted the interest of Villa boss Steve Bruce, whose enquiry about the midfielder’s availability was swiftly rejected by Wigan.

Whether the former Manchester United man commits his future to the Latics or not, however, will depend on the club’s proposed takeover by a wealthy Chinese consortium.

Should it fail to materialise, the news would come as a boost to Villa, who are hoping to tempt Powell to Villa Park in order to play a part in their push for promotion back to the Premier League.

Currently sitting in fifth place in the Championship standings, Bruce’s team are five points behind the final automatic promotion position and the playmaker’s arrival would undoubtedly help boost their attacking options and add more quality in the middle of the park.

The Midlands outfit crashed out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage on Saturday when they suffered a surprise 3-1 loss at home to League 1 outfit Peterborough United.

Having taken the lead inside the opening 10 minutes, the hosts fell apart in the final quarter of the encounter, shipping three quick goals to leave them shell-shocked.

Their form in the Championship, meanwhile, has been inconsistent and whilst they have picked up all three points from their previous two fixtures, prior to that the Villans had not been victorious since a 2-0 win over Ipswich Town at the end of November.

Villa will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s shock defeat next weekend when they travel to 14th-placed Nottingham Forest.

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