Villa get Cleverley deal over the line

The influx of players in and out of Manchester United continue after the cut-off of the transfer deadline with the news that Tom Cleverley had agreed a loan move to Aston Villa.

The England international was deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Louis Van Gaal and was allowed to find a new club.

A permanent transfer to the midlands had appeared on the cards however while Villa managed to agree a fee with the Red Devils, personal terms proved a problem.

In the end, a busy day at Old Trafford was completed with the appropriate paperwork submitted by Villa. The deal had been in doubt as the paperwork was received after cut off however the club were able to confirm that the wheels had been set in motion prior to the deadline allowing it’s official sign off.

Villa beat off late interest from Everton to land their man, with earlier reports indicating that the Toffee’s had landed their man.

The 25 year old is out of contract next summer and will hope to impress at Villa where the much maligned Paul Lambert has managed to turn the corner. The club have made an unbeaten start to the season and currently have 7 points on board.

Cleverley will hope he can force his way into the team after a frustrating 12 months at Old Trafford.

The Cleverley deal concluded a busy week for United which saw deals for Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao completed on the final day of the window in addition to the departures of Nick Powell and Danny Welbeck.

Former Crewe midfielder Powell completed a loan move to Leicester, the second time he has gone out on a long term loan following a stint with Wigan last season while Welbeck has joined Arsenal in a £16 million deal.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.