Everton are closing in on a deal for Manchester United’s England international Tom Cleverley, according to Sky Sports.
Reports claim the potential move is “progressing well” and that Cleverley, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, will be moving to Liverpool to play for Roberto Martinez’s Everton.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood has made no secret of his desire to keep Cleverley at Villa Park having appeared 38 times for them this last season, including in last week’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
However it is believed that a move to Everton his Cleverley’s preferred option as it would allow him to be re-united with Martinez who managed him during a successful loan at Wigan in the 2010/2011 season.
At 25, now is the perfect time for Cleverley to make a permanent move and for him to develop his career under a manager who believes in him and his ability.
Cleverley was somewhat unfortunate at United. Injuries and competition didn’t allow him the chance to develop into the player that he has the potential to be.
However regular football under a creative and attacking manager like Martinez could help him fulfil his potential and put him in with a chance to add to the 12 England caps that he has picked up to date.