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Aston Villa have £8m Tom Cleverley bid accepted

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Aston Villa are ready to lodge a bid for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley worth around £8 million, according to the Telegraph.

The England international is one of a handful of players expected to leave Old Trafford before deadline day on Monday, and could well be on his way to Villa Park as Paul Lambert looks to reinforce his squad.

Bid

Following up on the Telegraph's report, Sky Sports reporter Peter O'Rourke is now claiming that the offer has been accepted. 

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Cleverley has made 79 appearances for Manchester United since making his debut in 2005, but has fallen out of favour under new boss Louis van Gaal following a disastrous campaign last time round.

Scapegoat

The 25-year-old was made a scapegoat as the Red Devils stumbled to their lowest ever Premier League finish, under David Moyes, which ultimately led to the Scot losing his job.

Now he could be offered the chance of a fresh start with Aston Villa - although there is likely to be some competition for his signature. 

Everton were said to be interested in securing his services, while it was suggested that he could have been used as part of former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen's potential switch to Manchester United before he ultimately opted to join Arsenal.

Exodus

It is being reported today that no less than nine players could leave Old Trafford before the close of the window, with Van Gaal looking to make drastic changes to his squad in order to turn around their fortunes.

They've not won any of their first three fixtures so far - which represents their worst league start in 22 years. Along with those being shown the door Manchester United should bring in a few new faces, with Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind both linked. 

New arrivals

So far they have managed to sign four new players in this window - Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria for a combined fee of around £132 million. 

Di Maria is now the most expensive player in British football history, and could well make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.

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