Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested on BT Sport that Tom Cleverley should join Everton in the summer transfer window.
Cleverley is currently on a season-long loan deal from United at Aston Villa and has been playing well in recent weeks.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood has hinted to The Mirror that he wants the England international midfielder to sign a permanent contract, but Scholes believes that the 25-year-old will move to Merseyside outfit Everton.
“I have a feeling that he might go to Everton,” the retired midfielder told BT Sport on Saturday ahead of Villa’s Premier League game against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium.
“I don’t know, I don’t speak to Tom, but I just get the feeling knowing that he lives in a good distance from Everton’s training ground.
“I think Martinez likes him. I think he will suit their style of play. He is a very good footballer, he likes to get forward, he likes to score goals, he is very good in possession.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez tried to sign Cleverley on loan from United in the summer of 2014, but he failed.
“It’s the parent club that makes that decision,” the Spaniard told The Guardian at the moment. “Maybe they just didn’t want to send a player on loan to a club that is going to be challenging for things and finished above them last season, I don’t know.”
Martinez could well make another attempt in the summer transfer window, but perhaps this time the player could have a major say.
Cleverley seems to be enjoying himself at Villa, and in Sherwood he has a manager who is getting the best out of him.
The United-owned midfielder would certainly suit Everton’s style of play, but he will have to undergo a certain period of transition.