According to the Times, Hull City have joined the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.
Manchester United accepted an offer of £8 million earlier today from Villa with Paul Lambert eager to bring the former Wigan loanee to the Midlands, but Steve Bruce’s Tigers are expected to make a last ditch manoeuvre to secure his signature.
The club have reportedly made a bid of around £9 million in an attempt to land the player, who has ultimately failed to impress during his time at Old Trafford.
Cleverley started Sunday’s match against Sunderland at the Stadium of light but struggled to make an impression as the Red Devils limped to a 1-1 draw.
Initially, it was thought that the new United boss Louis Van Gaal wanted to keep Cleverley, but he has told his player in recent weeks that he can leave if the right offer comes in.
The 25-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract, and with the Dutchman planning a squad overhaul before the close of the transfer window, he looks set to depart.
Following the sale of Shane Long, Bruce still has money to spend, and with Cleverley readily available, he could see the England international as the perfect addition to his team.
The Tigers found themselves eliminated from the qualifying rounds of the Europa League yesterday evening, after losing out on away goals to Belgian outfit Lokeren. Nonetheless, the club can now turn their full attention to trying to achieving further success in domestic competitions.
Cleverley is a player who can assist in this mission.