Cleverley could have to wait until the summer to learn his fate.
Whilst Tom Cleverley has accepted he will not play for Manchester United again, where the midfielder goes next is more unclear with both Aston Villa and Everton potential destinations, reports the Times.
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Cleverley is currently on-loan at Villa Park and the Birmingham side have the option to make the 25-year-old’s stay permanent in the January transfer window with a £7.5m bid.
However, the Englishman’s current contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season and whilst Paul Lambert is keen to land the midfield ace, he knows he could potentially sign him for free next summer.
Yet that would be a risky game to play for the Scot as he could face missing out on Cleverley altogether, especially when the Toffees are also keeping a close eye on developments.
“We’ve got the option to buy in January,” Lambert said.
“I will have a discussion with Tom. A lot will depend on finances. I’ve had one or two chats with Tom Fox [the chief executive] and Randy Lerner [the owner].”
Cleverley has impressed Lambert since making his loan switch over the summer and the England international has so far played 14 Premier League matches for his new side.