Manchester United have accepted an £8 million offer for their centre midfielder Tom Cleverley from Aston Villa, reports the Telegraph. The Villains are looking to strengthen their midfield ranks, and Paul Lambert has identified Cleverley as the man to do it.
The former Watford and Wigan star has suffered a difficult Man United career since joining the Red Devils in 2009. He impressed during loan spells away from the club earlier in his career, but upon being integrated into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson, he has failed to have the desired impact. Villa will bring him in with the hope that Cleverley’s fortunes will change.
The big money offer comes at a time during which there had been financial concerns at the club. The Villains’ owner, Randy Lerner, had put the Midlands side up for sale at the beginning of the summer, but has been prepared to make financial investment into it regardless.
The 25 year old Cleverley could be brought into a young Villa midfield, which also includes Fabian Delph. A player who has recently been called up into the England international team for the first time, Lambert is reportedly also in contract talks with Delph. The Scottish tactician looks to be building a midfield for Aston Villa’s future, with Cleverley and Delph at its heart.