Wasps hold Powell talks

Wales No.8 looks set to leave the Blues

Last Updated: 12/07/10 1:53pm

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Powell: Wanted man

Powell: Wanted man

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Cardiff Blues have confirmed they have held talks with Wasps over Wales No.8 Andy Powell.

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The 28-year-old seems destined to leave the Blues - with Agen and Crusaders RL both being linked with moves in recent weeks.

Top 14 new boys Agen were even on the verge of calling a press conference to confirm the signing of Powell, only for the Brecon-born forward to change his mind at the 11th hour.

Wasps are now ready to make their move - although the Blues are holding out for a transfer fee for Powell, who still has two years left on his current deal.

Cardiff chairman Peter Thomas told The Rugby Paper: "Wasps have spoken to us.

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"There has been quite a bit of interest in the player and, given that he's under contract, we have to take a commercial view."

Powell has previously played for Newport Gwent Dragons, Beziers, Leicester and the Scarlets before making the move to Cardiff in 2005.

However his time at the Blues has been troubled by two shoulder operations, while the 'Buggy-gate" affair in February saw him temporarily frozen out the international picture.

Powell was banned from driving for 15 months and fined £1,000 for taking a golf buggy and driving it along the M4 to a service station from the hotel the Wales team had been staying in.

Wales coach Warren Gatland immediately dropped him from his Six Nations squad - and although Powell was in line to return for the summer Tests against South Africa and New Zealand, injury ended his hopes of a recall.

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