Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is hoping to complete a permanent deal for Tom Cleverley in the near future, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
Cleverley impressed towards the back end of his loan spell at Villa last season and Sherwood now apparently wants to extend the Manchester United midfielder's stay at Villa Park.
Sherwood believes that the 25-year-old can become a key player for the Claret and Blues under his stewardship after the energetic midfielder started to show his best form in the latter stages of the campaign.
Cleverley still has one game remaining during his loan spell with Villa - the FA Cup final against Arsenal - and, according to reports, Sherwood is hoping to complete a permanent transfer soon after that game.
If Villa can get Cleverley's transfer secured they will have one member of their team for next season to build around.
The Midlands outfit are set to make a number of changes, but Cleverley is likely to play a prominent part next season, if he does stay, with Sherwood already setting the England international a challenge.
“I want the club to talk to his representatives and I want him to stay at Villa," he said. “He can score goals and I believe that he can score 10 goals next season.”
Cleverley has made 37 appearances for Villa this season, scoring three times in the process.