Tom Cleverley has agreed a deal to join Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United and will officially make the move when the transfer window opens on 1 July.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Villa Park and enjoyed a strong second half of the season under Tim Sherwood where he helped to guide them to Premier League safety and an FA Cup final.
Sherwood made it clear he wanted to secure the midfielder’s services on a permanent basis. However, Cleverley has opted to join the Merseyside outfit once his contract runs out with Man United on 1 July and call time on a 14-year association with the club.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been pursuing Cleverley since the pair worked together at Wigan Athletic. Cleverley made 25 appearances under Martinez in 2010/11 scoring four goals and once again proving to be a consistent performer in a side that successfully escaped relegation.
Martinez did inquire about his services at the start of this season but United refused to sanction a move to Goodison Park.
Martínez believes the England international can flourish in a more advanced midfield role, as he did at Wigan, and provide the creativity that Everton evidently lacked last term.
Everton should be a good move for Cleverley. They’re a decent side and in Martinez he has a manager who trusts him, so he’ll be hoping to become an important player at Goodison Park and we wish him the best of luck there.