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Everton midfielder headed out on loan

Watford interested in Tom Cleverley for a reunion

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Tom Cleverley
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UPDATE: (3pm BST)

Cleverley will undergo a medical at Watford today, and his loan deal will have an £8m option to buy at the end of the season.


Fringe midfielder Tom Cleverley could be heading to Watford on loan for the rest of the season. ESPN FC are reporting that sources close to the player have said that the Hornets are in communication with Everton over a move.

Cleverley has struggled to hold down a spot in Ronald Koeman’s side, and the impending arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin will make his presence unnecessary. James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic and Darron Gibson remain in the side for additional depth.

The 27-year-old, who has been capped 13 times for the England senior side, has appeared in twelve games this season as Koeman has often resorted to a three-midfielder system to shore up the middle.

He played in 30 games for the Blues under Roberto Martinez last season, scoring twice including a winner in time added on against Newcastle United on Boxing Day, which was also his first ever goal for the Toffees.

Ironically enough, he has been linked with a move to the Magpies in this transfer window, but nothing came out of it. Burnley and Aston Villa have also been reported with making an approach for the player.

Cleverley played a season on loan at Watford back in the 2009-10 season when he was still with Manchester United, and went on to be named the club's player of the season.