It is believed Tom Cleverley was never keen on a move to Aston Villa, but would jump at the chance of a switch to Everton.
The England international has fallen out of favour at Manchester United, and he is one of a handful of players who has been told he has no future under Louis van Gaal. It was revealed last week that Paul Lambert was prepared to pay £8million for the midfielder, as he looks to add more quality to his midfield at Villa Park.
However, it is thought that Cleverley was never sold on the prospect of moving to the Midlands side, and would only have considered doing so if he was given a salary which the club felt was beyond what they felt he was worth. Instead, the 25-year-old has set his sights on either a loan or permanent move to Goodison Park.
Cleverley, who has 13 full caps for his country, played under current Toffees boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic during a loan spell in the 2010-2011 campaign, and believes he played some of his best football during this time. He hopes a reunion with the Spaniard will not only get his career back on track at club level, but would also put him back in the plans of Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016.
Fortunately for Cleverley, it has been reported that Martinez is willing to take him to the blue half of Merseyside. This would likely be a loan deal for the season, which would cost Everton a fee of up to £3million, but it would provide them with the opportunity to sign him on a free transfer when his contract at Old Trafford expires next year.
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