Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will join Aston Villa on loan after the Premier League approved the deal, according to Sky Sports.
Reports earlier today suggested that the England international could make a move to Villa Park despite the transfer window now being closed. And it appears that Paul Lambert will get his man a day after deadline day with it being suggested that the loan switch has been approved.
It's not surprising that Cleverley is set to leave Old Trafford, with a number of clubs seemingly interested in his services before the transfer deadline. It was suggested that Merseyside outfit Everton attempted to land the midfielder, but failed due to his wage demands.
But, it now seems increasingly likely that Cleverley will end up an Aston Villa player in the near future on a temporary basis. Telegraph reporter Mark Ogden, meanwhile, has suggested that Villa could sign the player on a permanent deal in January for around £7.5 million.
Cleverley will now be hoping to get his career back on track at Villa Park after a difficult couple of years at the club. The 24-year-old has come in for a lot of criticism at the Theatre of Dreams in recent time, having struggled to hold down a place in the first team.
As United endured a nightmare campaign under David Moyes last term, Cleverley was made a scapegoat as he put in a number of inconsistent performances. And now, under Louis van Gaal, it appears that the player has become surplus to requirements.
The Red Devils now have more options in the middle of the park after Daley Blind followed Spanish ace Ander Herrera to Old Trafford on deadline day yesterday. It remains to be seen as to whether Villa take the option of signing the Red Devils man on a long term deal, but he will have to impress Lambert, Roy Keane and Co. at Villa Park.
Cleverley will now have a break before his potential new club travel to Merseyside to take on Liverpool on September 13. It's expected that the loan deal will be officially announced in the immediate future.
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