Tom Cleverley ready to sign on the dotted line for Aston Villa

The Manchester United loanee has a long-term deal in his sights after thriving under Tim Sherwood's management.

In-form Tom Cleverley has told the Birmingham Mail that he is ready to commit his long-term future to Aston Villa.

Cleverley's comments come after he helped Villa move a step closer towards Premier League safety on Saturday afternoon, scoring for the third straight game to secure a 1-0 home win over West Ham United.

The Manchester United-owned midfielder has been in resurgent form since Tim Sherwood’s appointment as manager, with shouts for an England recall marking a remarkable turnaround from his performances under the departed Paul Lambert.

Arriving on a season-long loan in September in a bid to revive his stagnating career, Villa had first option to purchase the United man for £7.5 million in the winter transfer window but failed to exercise the clause due to the lacklustre showings which saw him become a target for abuse from a large section of fans.

His recent outings have since helped win over their support, however, as well as that of new boss Sherwood, who has reiterated his desire to bring back the soon-to-be free agent on a permanent deal this summer.

The likes of Sky Sports have reported rival interest from Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, but Cleverley has stressed that he is now enjoying his football at Villa Park and is ready to prioritise his happiness over money.

“I’m playing my football with a massive smile on my face and enjoying myself here,” he said after the West Ham game. “I’ve really grown to like playing for this club in the last few months and this manager has got to be given credit for getting me where I’ve been in the last few weeks.

“First of all you’ve got to be playing in a position where you fit in, and playing at a club where you like the players and the manager. This club ticks all the boxes so we’ll see what happens.

“I don’t think any Premier League players are going to be short of a quid or two so I think you’ve just got to be happy first and foremost and I am at this club so let’s just see where we go from there.”

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