Where would Manchester United's wantaway midfielder fit in at Everton?

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley is reportedly one of Roberto Martinez's top targets for the Toffees this summer and the 24-year-old could be interested in a move.

Rumours surfacing this morning have linked Everton with a move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, with Roberto Martinez believed to be plotting a cut-price raid for the 24-year-old this summer.

Cleverley has endured another torrid season at Old Trafford and would surely be interested in a close season switch, particularly amid the uncertainty at the club after David Moyes' sacking.

The departure of Moyes, a former Everton boss no less, may pave the way for several first-team exits from United this summer, with Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all set to seek pastures new.

Welbeck, Cleverley and Ashley Young, another whose future remains unresolved, were all fined for partying in Manchester after the club's UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, a factor believed to be behind Welbeck's attempts to engineer a move away from last season's champions.

A fresh start may be the best course of action for Cleverley, who has been forever labelled as United's under achiever since his promotion to the first team.

Martinez played a key part in Cleverley's rise to prominence at Old Trafford having taken the then 21-year-old to Wigan for a season-long loan which proved profitable both for the Latics, who stayed up on the final day, and Cleverley, who was able to use the temporary stay at the DW Stadium as a stepping stone into Sir Alex Ferguson's thinking at United.

Things quickly turned sour for Cleverley, however, and it came to a head when a petition emerged online earlier this year demanding that he be omitted from the England World Cup squad reckoning.

Martinez's progressive style since taking charge at Everton has helped the Spaniard assemble a plethora of plaudits and Cleverley's performances during his time at Wigan prove he is well-equipped to slot into a midfield setup not dissimilar to the one the Toffees manager had in place at his former club.

Cleverley's passing ability and poise on the ball in attacking areas have not been the major points of dispute when it comes to assessing his career at United. His mentality and ability to regularly have an influence on games have been the far more pressing concerns of a player who has reached something of a crossroads in his career. 

On the one hand, the dismissal of Moyes may bring a new shot at becoming United's midfield general for Cleverley, but that seems flawed by the perpetual links with the likes of Toni Kroos ahead of an anticipated summer splurge.

The other hand shows a flourishing Everton side, notably in Moyes' absence, and in Martinez, Cleverley would be at home to a manager who is all too aware of the talents he brings to the fold.

Alongside James McCarthy, too, Cleverley would find himself partnered at the base of the midfield with a player he can relate to having grown up with the Scot during his loan spell.

With regards to the rest of Everton's central midfield options, doubts remain over Gareth Barry's future at the club, with Manchester City undecided on whether to recall him or sell to the Toffees this summer, while a former United man in Darron Gibson continues to recover from a spate of injuries.

Gibson suffered similar scapegoat status during his latter years at United but impressed for the Toffees until knee surgery at the tail end of last year curtailed his chances of playing a part in their chase for fourth spot and the Champions League football it would bring.

The chance to play in Europe would act as significant bait for Cleverley, but considering United's current position, it would not be an essential factor to any prospective deal.

Instead, Cleverley should focus on the other realities that Martinez and a move to Everton would provide: First-team football, playing as part of a happy and well-drilled unit and the ability to transform the general consensus on his career.

It is a chance he must take to rid himself of his Manchester United demons and enliven the form he showed under Martinez's tutelage when the Spaniard was also learning his trade.

Moyes' regression has taken several senior members of the United side down with him while the polar opposite has occurred at Goodison Park. Cleverley can enjoy a similar turnaround in fortunes.

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