Manchester United flop Tom Cleverley is looking to defy Aston Villa’s wishes by waiting until the summer to see which team will become his next club.
According to the Daily Mail the midfielder isn’t ready to move to Villa on a permanent basis this month, despite the fact that he can do so for as little as £7.5 million. It’s said the midlands-based outfit want to seal his signature in a bid to ensure they don’t lose out on him to rival clubs, though the player himself wants to keep his options.
Cleverley woes at United
Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson Cleverley’s stock at Old Trafford has dropped from bad to worse, and the arrival of Louis van Gaal saw him quickly ushered out of the club. Paul Lambert’s Villa offered him a season-long loan, one that he will be forced to see out regardless of the outcome from the current transfer saga.
In his 18 appearances for the Premier League strugglers so far this term he’s failed to score any goals, and yet Villa still clearly remain interested in ruling out the chance of another Premier League side snapping him up for free when his United contract runs out in the summer.
When it does he’ll be available for free, which is perhaps why he’s interested to wait around and see who might show intent to land him. Recent reports have suggested that Roberto Martinez is ready to entertain the idea of taking him to Everton, though unless the Goodison Park outfit improve their own form that might not be a truly attractive prospect all told.
One thing is for certain, and that’s that Cleverley’s United career is over. Whether or not he caves to Villa’s demands and pens a contract this month remains to be seen, but regardless of that he will be forced to commit his allegiance to one club or another come the end of the campaign.
The chance to land an 18 times capped England international isn’t one that most top flight teams would sneer at, though Cleverley will have to go some way to restore the reputation he once carved for himself as one of the divisions most exciting talents.