Report: Sherwood prepares contract offer to keep Tom Cleverley at Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is reportedly desperate to keep Tom Cleverley at the club.

According to The Telegraph, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is poised to make Tom Cleverley a contract offer to stay at Villa Park.

Sherwood arrived as Villa manager in February, and was charged with the task of keeping the club in the top flight after replacing Paul Lambert.

So far, Sherwood looks likely to complete that task, with Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham taking Villa six points clear of the relegation zone.

If Villa do stay up, Sherwood will be looking to strengthen his squad at Villa Park - and The Telegraph believe that he has already lined up a move to keep Tom Cleverley at the club.

Cleverley, 25, is currently on a season-long loan deal at Villa from Manchester United, but his contract at Old Trafford expires this summer, meaning Cleverley will be able to join any club of his choosing on a free transfer.

Recent reports from the Daily Mirror suggested that Everton, Tottenham and West Ham were interested in signing Cleverley this summer, but it seems Sherwood will be looking to beat them to the punch by offering Cleverley a contract to stay at Villa permanently.

Cleverley has played 30 games for Villa this season, and The Telegraph believe that Sherwood sees Cleverley is an integral part of the Villa side - and is desperate to keep him long-term.

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