The Bolton boss Owen Coyle is seeking to boost his club’s Premier League survival bid with a surprise move to take Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley on loan.
Twenty-two-year-old midfielder Cleverley has had an injury-hit season but has become a firm favourite of the United fans when fit, however with Sir Alex Ferguson bringing Paul Scholes out of retirement, the improved form of Michael Carrick and the return to fitness of Brazilian midfielder Anderson, the Red Devils could be tempted to part with one of their most prized assets on a short-term deal.
Cleverley – who has forced his way to the fringes of the England squad – has enjoyed loan spells at Leicester, Watford and most notably Wigan Athletic in his career, but after breaking into the United team at the beginning of the season he was soon sidelined with a foot injury sustained in a match at Bolton.
Another injury at Everton in October has kept him out ever since, but after telling fans on twitter that he is close to returning, Cleverley is being targeted by Coyle in much the same way that the Bolton boss pulled off successful loan deals for both Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge in each of the last two January transfer windows.
It remains to be seen whether Ferguson will sanction another move for a player many see as key to United’s future, but following his injuries the Scot could just feel that Cleverley would be better served playing 90 minutes every week, something that he could be guaranteed at Bolton, who are still missing their American midfielder Stuart Holden.