Celtic have reportedly failed in a late attempt to sign Nick Powell on a free transfer this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, Powell turned down a move to the Hoops after Neil Lennon’s side made one last attempt to sign the former Manchester United man.

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The 25-year-old, who has been a long-term Celtic target, is set to now link up with Nathan Jones at Stoke City this summer, with the forward agreeing a lucrative deal with the Potters.

Powell found the back of the net eight times and provided seven assists for Wigan last season in 32 Championship appearances, helping the Latics narrowly avoid the drop.

The news comes as a blow to Neil Lennon, who is looking to bolster his attacking options this summer ahead of his first full season back in charge of the club.

It appears as if the Football League is where Lennon is eyeing most of his signings, however, Powell will not be one of them, despite Celtic’s late efforts.

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