Everton manager Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out a move for Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley when his contract expires in the summer.
Cleverley, who has spent the season on loan at Aston Villa, will be available as a free agent at the end of the campaign.
Along with Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Arsenal and Villa are all said to be interested in him.
Martinez was coy on the rumours and refused to speak about Cleverley’s situation as long as he is fighting relegation with Villa.
Speaking about Cleverley, Martinez said: ”We know the situation with Tom. He’s a player I know well, I’ve worked with him. That’s it.
“Tom is a player who is fighting for something very important, which he’s trying to achieve for his club. That deserves respect. I wouldn’t expect anyone to speak about my players. I would never do that with anyone else’s players.”
Cleverley had numerous critics while he was playing for United but the fact remains that he is a solid Premier League player.
Although he is not quite on United’s level, it would be a solid bit of business for some smaller clubs if they were to get him in on a free. The 25-year-old is limited in terms of his ability but there is no doubt whatsoever that he always gives 100% for the team.