Villa set to tie up a permanent move for loanee Tom Cleverley.
Aston Villa are set to make the loan move of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley a permanent one during the January transfer window, with the Mirror reporting that the West Midlands outfit are looking to tie up a £7.5 million deal for the England international who has been almost ever-present for Paul Lambert since joining the club in the summer.
Cleverley joined Villa on transfer deadline day and has impressed former Norwich City manager Lambert since his move to Villa Park – to the extent that the club are now looking to activate an option in the loan deal that allows them to make the move permanent for a fee of £7.5m.
The former Wigan Athletic and Leicester City loanee’s contract does expire in the summer, meaning that Villa could theoretically hold fire and sign Cleverley on a free transfer at the end of the season, but Paul Lambert does not want to lose out on the player and will try and persuade the Villa money men to do a deal as soon as possible.
Neat and tidy in central midfield, Cleverley has proven to be an excellent option alongside the likes of the industrious and creative Fabian Delph and intelligent Ashley Westwood in the club’s midfield.