Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley to seal Aston Villa switch - report

The England international has spent this term on loan at the Midlands club, with a report today stating that a permanent deal will be concluded next month.

Aston Villa are set to splash £7.5 million on Tom Cleverley this January to make his loan move from Manchester United permanent, Mirror Football have stated today.

The England international is seemingly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal and was made something of a scapegoat by frustrated United fans last term.

The 25-year-old has started 13 Premier League games for Paul Lambert’s men this term but was left out of Roy Hodgson’s most recent England squad.

With Cleverley’s Red Devils’ contract expiring this summer, Villa are keen to steal a march on any other potential suitors by wrapping up a deal in January.

For the midfielder, a permanent move elsewhere seems like the natural choice as United are looking to sign new midfielders in the next transfer windows.

Cleverley, a product of the Manchester club’s youth academy, was once stated as a player with the potential to replace Paul Scholes at Old Trafford but his form in recent seasons has not impressed ardent United fans.

For Villa making the Englishman’s move to the Midlands permanent certainly makes sense but paying a fee in excess of £7 million for Cleverley given that he will become a free agent in the summer would be questioned by some.

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