Reports in the Mirror claim Tom Cleverley is weighing up his options ahead of a proposed £7 million move to Aston Villa. The news comes after Cleverley has reportedly spoken to United legend, and now Assistant Manager at Villa, Roy Keane about his potential move to Birmingham.
Both Villa and Hull have had bids accepted, and Everton remain a possibility for the England midfielder but are yet to step up their interest to anything more serious than that. It is believed, however, that should The Toffees make a concrete offer they would become the front-runners for his signature.
A free agent in the summer, Cleverley is believed to prefer a loan move away from United as this will then allow him to claim a far more lucrative contract should he find himself a club. Though in the case of Cleverley, it must surely be beggars can’t be chooser’s. Just days after it was reported all was sewn up regarding a move to Villa, this stall could potentially scupper any deal taking him off our hands.
Keane and Cleverley met on Friday after the bid was accepted, and Keane’s main job was to try and convince the 25-year-old that regular first team football would make up for the pay cut he would have to take to join the Midlands club. Keane could have a job on his hands if Hull, or even Everton, make a better offer for his services. Everton would offer him a chance to play in Europe (which is heartbreaking to consider, Tom Cleverley playing in Europe and United not) and a higher wage.
Now considered surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal (and considered as such two years ago by almost every United fan), getting shot now relies on what Cleverley decides he wants, creating a real fear he may not end up plying his trade elsewhere until next summer, when he is inevitably allowed to leave for free – it would appear he is the only beggar to ever have a choice.
One hopes either Keane or Bruce are able to make a move to them seem irresistible, or former manager Roberto Martinez (Cleverley played under him whilst on loan at Wigan) to come in and make a last-ditch attempt at luring him away. Failure on any of these leaves all parties with two options, wait until January and clog up the wage bill, or wait until June until his contract expires, release him, but clog up the wage bill in the meantime.
Hopefully there is a solution and fast, as United struggle to lose the deadwood that has been dragging them down for a number of years now. Sad as it is to want a homegrown player, bred in the academy to leave, you could be forgiven for doing so in this instance. Cleverley is unfortunately a burden, it’s just a shame it’s taken everyone 2 years to realise this or his career wouldn’t have been wasted to this point.