Report: Tom Cleverley rejects Aston Villa deal, will join Everton instead

Tom Cleverley has reportedly snubbed a deal with Aston Villa in order to join Everton.

According to the Daily Mirror, Everton are poised to sign midfielder Tom Cleverley on a free transfer after he turned down Aston Villa.

Cleverley, 25, has spent the season on loan at Aston Villa having slipped down the pecking order at Manchester United, and he has been reborn under Villa boss Tim Sherwood, scoring three goals in his last six games for the club.

Out of contract this summer, the midfielder is likely to drum up some interest given his fine recent form - and it seems that he may have already decided his future.

The Mirror believe that Cleverley has rejected the chance to stay at Villa Park, and will instead pen a five-year deal with Premier League rivals Everton.

The Toffees are managed by Roberto Martinez, who coached Cleverley during a fruitful loan spell at Wigan Athletic during the 2010-11 season.

Whilst Martinez has the likes of James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic and Gareth Barry at his disposal, it appears that he has managed to bring in another midfielder in Cleverley, reuniting with the England international at Goodison Park.

If true, the news will serve as a huge blow for Villa boss Sherwood, who will have no doubt been keen to keep Cleverley at Villa Park - but now he could be lining up against Villa next season as a move to Merseyside allegedly draws closer.

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