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Manchester United have announced the signing of Nick Powell from Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee.

• United close in on Powell

Powell, 18, has signed a four-year contract with United after impressing at Crewe, where he was named their Player of the Season, having scored 16 goals in 45 appearances.

A number of sides had been linked with the attacking midfielder, including Arsenal, but the Red Devils have won the race to clinch his signature.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website: "We have scouted Nick for months now. 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 said: "It really is a dream come true to be signing for Manchester United. I have had a great time at Crewe and I would like to thank them for helping me to develop as a player over the past 13 years.

"I'm excited about continuing my development with Sir Alex and the world-class players in the squad. The thought of making the step up to the Premier League next season is an exciting prospect. I can't wait to get started."

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