The Mirror, The Times and an increasing number of other media sources claim that the 25-year-old has elected to link up again with Roberto Martinez, under whom he played on loan at Wigan Athletic five years ago, rather than stay at Aston Villa and will sign a five-year deal with the Blues.
Cleverley, whose contract at Old Trafford expires this summer, spent the season just gone on loan at Villa Park but is believed to have held out for a permanent deal to Goodison Park.
While the Echo report that talks are at at advanced stage, they suggest that nothing has been concluded yet.
Quotes sourced from The Mirror, The Times
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1 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:10:35
If this is our only signing or something, IÂll be very disappointed.
2 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:18:08
3 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:26:34
4 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:46:03
IÂd be happy with this signing but with the caveats mentioned by Ross especially that we still need a quality play maker.
5 Posted 04/06/2015 at 01:03:15
ThereÂs nearly three months to go before the transfer window closes. DonÂt let it ruin your summer just yet. We might, just might sign another player or two before then.
6 Posted 04/06/2015 at 01:04:18
7 Posted 04/06/2015 at 01:50:13
I donÂt see him as an out-and-out Number 10 but Â– if we can get a speedster in to go with what we have Â– Cleverley definitely gives us an extra dimension.
8 Posted 04/06/2015 at 02:03:22
9 Posted 04/06/2015 at 02:17:21
I can only see this move as blocking more essential areas of squad development. Pienaar held the ball up well, linked up brilliantly with Baines, and could control the tempo of our passing at his best.
Cleverley cannot play from the wide positions like Pienaar, nor does he have his passing ability. Putting him wide will be putting another square peg in a round hole. He should be considered as a CM, but this is not an area where we need additional players at the moment.
10 Posted 04/06/2015 at 02:24:52
11 Posted 04/06/2015 at 02:28:50
14 Posted 04/06/2015 at 05:06:01
Maybe skipping Austria might be a good thing. Moyes always did it and look how slow we were out of the blocks every year.
15 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:32:18
I donÂt see him as an Osman type. HeÂs not as creative and does not get as many goals or assists. HeÂs more of a McCarthy type with good energy and technique who rarely loses the ball, partly due to passing sideways more than forwards.
He is move towards possession football rather than the more direct style that saw an upturn in our results last season.
16 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:38:22
17 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:40:09
18 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:48:42
I suspect weÂll see plenty such signings in the next year or so, so letÂs get used to it.
Just one decent playmaker, Roberto. Please!
19 Posted 04/06/2015 at 08:13:11
HeÂs a free agent so no transfer fee for a Premier League player with international experience is not to be sniffed at.
I know he wonÂt change the dynamic in how we play but in the face of players getting injured or losing form then having Cleverley can be handy
20 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:41:16
A young Man Utd trained footballer for free. No brainer. Martinez knows all about this lad and trusts him. So do I. Sherwood wanted to keep him but knew he was always coming to Everton. Needless to say, IÂm delighted.
21 Posted 04/06/2015 at 08:39:47
23 Posted 04/06/2015 at 08:53:54
What’s with saying "signing him this early... - it doesnÂt say much for our ambition"? We needed to move quick because other teams were interested and the player himself said he wanted his future sorted out quickly. If weÂd left it too late and heÂd signed for Villa then went on to be an important player for them next season, finishing above us and managed to resurrect his England career, the board would have been slated for not acting fast enough to get him in the first place.
For some people our board canÂt win either way!
24 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:08:37
He is on a free and that more than anything else is why heÂs on his way. As ever, we seem desperately short of transfer funds and if I hear the excuse of Lukaku for 㿈M one more time, I will scream! That bloody acquisition is going to be the reason we canÂt afford anyone for the next three years!
Okay, tbh I get that itÂs a squad addition but where he fits in is the question and I just donÂt see him as a big influence when we so badly need a CB, a real left winger who isnÂt operating out of position, and yes, Roberto, another striker as your protestations about how we donÂt need a further striker are crazy nonsense!
Everton, itÂs all just so Everton....
25 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:15:56
However, I am happy that (if he has to come) we are getting him in early for a full preseason.
Maybe time for Pienaar to step down? I feel Ossie has another year left in him but Pienaar is done.
26 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:18:25
27 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:22:40
And he did a job for us.
28 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:22:39
As long as we bring others in, I think itÂll be a decent bit of busines.s
29 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:25:40
Even still, I think itÂs a solid signing, but one not to set the pulses racing. I think more people are underwhelmed because heÂs the first signing of the summer, simple as, and then there is that fear of "IS THAT IT???!!!!"
Versatility is an asset thought.
30 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:28:21
But if we could tempt Villa to take Barry back home and off the payroll it may be work out alright. As much as I like Barry heÂs too slow and too old in football years Â– which are kind of like dog years.
31 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:23:20
32 Posted 04/06/2015 at 08:14:54
33 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:26:17
As for not falling in line with other members. Well neither does Roberto Martinez and he knows more about football than all of them put together.
34 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:46:31
35 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:59:07
Surely he is more of a McCarthy type player? I wonder if J Mac is on his way out? Selling McCarthy for 㾼-20m and getting in Cleverley on a free would not be the worst business in the world, especially if that money was spent on a really top class No. 10......
36 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:06:00
37 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:13:39
Would have much preferred Milner who is going across the park. That lad combines great work ethic with no small amount of creativity and will do well for them I think.
38 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:13:15
39 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:18:06
40 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:22:54
41 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:25:51
42 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:20:22
43 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:33:45
44 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:36:05
Time to sack off Mirallas and McGeady. Raise a few funds, go all out to get in Nollito, Deuloufeu on loan, Van Djik and Lennon. Ings would also be very welcome. ThatÂs my personal wish list for what itÂs worth.
45 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:54:43
46 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:56:44
47 Posted 04/06/2015 at 10:55:55
48 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:06:07
49 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:02:24
With McCarthy, Besic, Barry, Gibson and Cleverley Â– weÂre now over stocked in the CM dept. Gibson will be going into the last year of his contract and cannot be relied upon and Barry wonÂt be able to play every game as he turns 35 next season, so presume itÂll be McCarthy/Cleverley to start in the middle.
IÂm not too unhappy with this as long as there are at least two more first team signings this summer Â– not back-up players. We desperately need some pace and creativity in midfield. After that the next position of importance depends on who stays/goes this summer.
One in, on a ÂfreeÂ and not yet July Â– better start than last time.
50 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:14:55
51 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:07:59
To be fair, some of my favourite (recent) Everton players were not the flashy skilled goalscoring headline-grabbing players, but players like Carsley, Parkinson, Stubbs, Arteta & Cahill who were under-the-radar signings who would put in a shift, graft first and then play the football after the battle was won.
Cleverley’s not the most dynamic player ever, but quite tidy and a saleable asset down the line acquired on a free. Like I say, I wasnÂt doing cartwheels when I found out, but welcome aboard, Tom; just give it your all, kid. If you do, we will get right behind you. COYB.
52 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:45:34
53 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:49:37
54 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:51:44
And I donÂt think heÂs a Number 10 either, heÂs a box-to-box, hope it works out for him, good age and hasnÂt been given a real chance yet.
55 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:39:54
56 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:37:27
However, from the limited observations I have of him, he will offer us little creativity and will be in competition with Barry, Besic, McCarthy & Gibson for a CM spot. Maybe he is BarryÂs long-term replacement, in which case, IÂm cool with his signing.
57 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:46:35
58 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:36:02
I just hope he doesnÂt talk about how being in his mid-twenties, that he wants to win trophies and play in the Champions League, or heaven help the poor boy on this site.
59 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:41:50
This and three or four more signings, with that elusive No 10 and a centre-half amongst them.
60 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:03:16
Just what we need, another player who can pass sideways. Totally underwhelmed!
61 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:56:19
I also worry that, as a Martinez signing, the wages heÂll be on, and his profile, he could be another unmovable regular Â– which would be fine if he is good enough... but not if he isnÂt Â– and if he prevents more talented players coming through.
I just hope he isnÂt signed to make up the numbers and be seen as a defensive midfielder because Ledson needs to be playing next season, while Besic and McCarthy should be first choice for that position. ThatÂs not even mentioning Barry, who will probably still be first choice, with McCarthy and Gibson in the background.
Still, this could be a good move and good business sense. It could be that Cleverley turns out to be a decent playmaker/attacker and offers good competition for Barkley, his value could go up, and we have another valuable asset on our hands ready to be sold when the next generation are ready to come through to replace him, or to use the funds to replace with a younger, better player.
If he signs, I will be underwhelmed but, of course, heÂll have my support.
62 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:29:00
Unusual for ToffeeWeb Rumour Mill discussion.
63 Posted 04/06/2015 at 14:36:14
65 Posted 04/06/2015 at 15:56:36
66 Posted 04/06/2015 at 16:19:46
67 Posted 04/06/2015 at 16:26:34
This has to be a total no-brainer. The lad has been brought up by SAF, has international experience, is only 25 and has shown strength of character in taking dreadful abuse on social media but fighting back to have a much better season at Villa.
To those saying we are well off in CM Â– Gibson sadly cannot string a run of games together, Pienaar seems injury prone, Osman, Barry and Pienaar are getting old, Ross has had an awful season... and this is a free transfer for heaven’s sake! Much better bet than a 29-year-old Milner and I just hope this is confirmed in due course.
Excellent business Â– we acquire a guy for free who we could sell on at easily ٣-8M the next day Â– what is wrong with that?
68 Posted 04/06/2015 at 16:42:24
Another small player after losing Distin and Alcaraz and we already had the shortest team in the league. ItÂs not everything, but we need balance and this team will get bullied by the likes of Stoke et al.
69 Posted 04/06/2015 at 17:11:49
70 Posted 04/06/2015 at 17:25:52
Still always a pleasure to hear your (mostly) common sense remarks which I (mostly) always agree with.
Did anyone say creep???? FEA.
71 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:19:04
Transfer stories can be a bit of a balancing act but this one was more than paper talk. A lot of respected media sources have more or less said itÂs "a goer".
That, combined with the fact that itÂs had the feel of a done deal for a while now (based on local media coverage and our own insider info) this one was moved out of the Rumour Mill to the main news, although I see that the Echo have cautioned that it’s NOT done yet.
Nevertheless, a bloke tweeted us earlier that his mateÂs wife will be doing the blood work for CleverleyÂs medical tomorrow so must be true... bloke on Twitter told me. :)
72 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:31:09
Like when Riquelme was seen at JL airport... ;-)
73 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:21:29
74 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:36:37
HeÂs the right age, no fee although of course thereÂs no such thing as a free player. HeÂs been well coached and has plenty to offer so I see no real downside. Plus we canÂt really attract top top players so yÂknow...
75 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:42:55
And this from a man whoÂs more critical of Man Utd than the average Koppite. I guess IÂll reserve judgement.
76 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:59:38
You make some very good points! I was on the fence but youÂve convinced me!
77 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:53:22
The best bit is heÂs for free and he wants to play for our team. Come on doubters, give RM the credit he deserves in (hopefully) getting his signature on the dotted line. COYB.
78 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:22:08
WeÂre too quick to judge players from the outside and think there crap but letÂs give him the chance to show what he can do.
For free, I donÂt think itÂs that bad of a signing, if it happens like. HeÂs at a good age now where he needs to settle at a club and find his feet and form and hopefully thatÂs with us. HeÂs not a bad player, he works hard, full of energy, always shows for the ball and rarely wastes a pass either, although he isnÂt exactly adventurous with the ball but that may come out of him in time.
80 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:42:07
81 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:47:25
82 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:58:06
83 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:46:46
I mention this because too many people here are seeming to say ÂHe might be crap but heÂs free, so what?Â Nothing could be further from the truth and he must be judged accordingly. Make no mistake, Claverley signing for Everton will make him a very rich young man.
Freebie, my arse!
84 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:05:25
85 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:06:56
"I think it’s a good signing but I can’t help but think it’s just another player who wasn’t good enough for We did sell them the big gangly carthorse Fellaini though, so yÂknow ;)
We did sell them the big gangly carthorse Fellaini though, so yÂknow ;)
87 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:06:23
Under this joke of a manager itÂs Barry, McCarthy, Besic, McGeady and now Cleverley. It’s no wonder this Everton side can’t score goals and is so dull to watch.
88 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:03:12
CanÂt believe the comments stating that we are well covered in midfield. Barry has admitted that he played far too many games this season due to injuries. Gibson will be injured, McCarthy could break down again and Besic isn’t ready to be regular. Barry is the only one that we can rely on and heÂs 35!!!
Welcome aboard, Tom Cleverley. A good player, at a good age who will improve at Everton, and for free!
Brilliant first piece of business. Now go get a CB, LM and a RM.
89 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:07:22
He covers lots of ground has an eye for a pass and isnÂt afraid to put his foot in. We know that all players are "squad players" but this lad isnÂt coming to play second fiddle.
As for Everton making him rich, heÂs already rich. HeÂs been a Premier League player for five years, That makes him a millionaire.
90 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:33:41
91 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:43:13
92 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:05:11
93 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:07:45
95 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:19:00
96 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:24:46
WeÂve got four established defensive midfielders already and a young lad who is good enough to make the breakthrough next season but, just in case we have the same amount of injuries as last season, weÂll sign a sixth. ItÂs overly cautious considering the other positions that need strengthening.
Besic is going to improve so he will need more games; I donÂt expect McCarthy to be out with injury as much as last season, so he should get more games; Barry will still probably be first choice but wonÂt play as many games due to the fitness and progress of others; Gibson has a history of injuries but you would still expect him to figure a little; and finally thereÂs Ledson who I believe is ready to make the breakthrough next season if only to get a handful of Premier League games... but he is good enough and ready.
How many defensive midfielders does one team need?
97 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:28:14
Naismith is different too as his old club went bust so didnÂt effectively have a contract to run down
Not sure about Barry but my guess is that it was the same situation as Cleverley.
98 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:34:53
OK he is no Alan Ball (who is or ever could be?) but we have to be realistic and acknowledge that we cannot afford the very best but this lad can get better and his value an only increase from free.
99 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:38:32
100 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:34:38
101 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:51:25
We have to hope the likes of Besic and Barkley can perform to expectations alongside a watertight defence, or we are in for another shitty season.
IÂve said it before, the millions that even the smallest clubs will now receive means they can offer wages and terms similar to Everton. We used to have an advantage of being perceived as a fairly big club like Villa, but the Premier League is levelling out for the clubs like us. Swansea, Stoke and even Norwich will be paying the going rate, so forget about us having the divine right to expect players to come to us these days.
I think we should be congratulating Martinez on making signings such as this, he will have had plenty of offers from other clubs.
102 Posted 04/06/2015 at 22:04:23
103 Posted 04/06/2015 at 22:06:55
I was fortunate enough to be able to get into St. LukeÂs and listen to the various speakers talking about Andy King and his love for Everton FC.
I really couldnÂt care less whether we are able to compete with the other lot or any other club on the planet, because Everton FC are unique in the modern game Â– Soul, Soul, Soul Â– cannot be purchased and IÂm so happy that I was born an Evertonian. Logic has nothing to do with football.
104 Posted 04/06/2015 at 22:43:15
IÂm not for one minute belittling anyone, or anything Â– merely stating that we as a club cannot attract the top top players these days. Lots of reasons why, but none of them are belittling.
I couldnÂt care less if we canÂt compete at the top either Â– in fact, if youÂd read many of my other posts, youÂd know that I hate things like the Champions League for what itÂs done to football as a whole, likewise the Premier League itself in a lot of ways. That said, I watch both of them because theyÂre entertaining.
They are though, to the detriment of clubs like ours, and the gap between the haves & the have nots is getting bigger by the day.
IÂve been an Evertonian for about 34 of my 41 years as I recall, and not once have I belittled the club itself or any of itÂs supporters. I do find myself having what I feel is a wider view than quite a few people on here which often rubs people up the wrong way.
106 Posted 04/06/2015 at 22:54:45
107 Posted 04/06/2015 at 22:52:55
I really did hope to avoid engaging with you for a while James (because I presume youÂll just class it as a Âpersonal attackÂ again), but have you ever stopped to think itÂs maybe the very making of a statement such as the one above that "rubs people the wrong way"?
In what way do you you have "a wider view than quite a few people on here"?
108 Posted 04/06/2015 at 23:07:20
You know the Evertonians who wear blue-tinted specs all the time, and see us as having some sort of divine right to being the best Â– the whole ÂWe are EvertonÂ camp. I find that a bit narrow minded, in today’s climate, John.
109 Posted 04/06/2015 at 23:01:37
The type of player that we should have got last season to bolster the squad in Europe.
110 Posted 04/06/2015 at 23:12:34
112 Posted 04/06/2015 at 23:42:34
I’d count Barkley but he seems to have no concept of how to play one of those narrow midfield roles. It’s the main reason I don’t think heÂs at the level we all hoped. I don’t think his football brain is there. HeÂs got some tremendous qualities but he doesnÂt have enough. Off the ball, his football brain, positionally it isnÂt there.
Personally I would have no clue where you play him considering he is currently played as a non-goalscoring, no chance-creating, blocked-shot Number 10. Warnock said he didnÂt know what to do with him. Maybe a box-to-box or a kind of Lampard role at Chelsea would be best for him, to unlock what he does have. But the way Martinez likes to play and the systems he runs, I can only see more problems.
Anyway... we really could do with a player who can fill this type of midfield combination play role. Martinez has said heÂs after a 10, hopefully this fella can play right/left half as well.
Otherwise Pienaar had better have a great pre-season of fitness.
113 Posted 05/06/2015 at 00:33:58
Obviously, everybody knows we are nowhere near the force we once were and (barring some miracle) weÂre unlikely to ever gain much ground on clubs who continued to grow and evolve while Everton stagnate.
Some just donÂt like to admit or arenÂt prepared to accept it, is all. Which is fair enough, in my opinion.
If we allow ourselves to be governed by logic alone and give in fully to the futility of most modern football, then we may as well just pack in following it altogether, because weÂd be doing nothing every Saturday but going through the motions, like zombies shuffling round a shopping mall.
114 Posted 05/06/2015 at 08:19:33
115 Posted 05/06/2015 at 08:58:07
That is exactly what it was like last season and I only see more if not worse to come.
116 Posted 05/06/2015 at 08:56:05
I refuse to acknowledge that the RS can ever have a better team than us and believe 100% that we will produce a team of home-grown players who will do what Man Utd did in the nineties and blow everyone else away.
Step forward Ledson, Galloway, Stones, Kenny, Green, Walsh, Barkley(??), Henen, Long, etc Â– your time is coming!
117 Posted 05/06/2015 at 09:15:41
And heÂs apparently after Van Dijk as well. I want us to go for him too. Although a very good player we have missed out on is Fabian Schar, who has joined Hoffenheim on a free. ThatÂs a very good signing for them.
118 Posted 05/06/2015 at 09:21:48
ItÂs not just about money for players Â– itÂs how the manager of the time handles/directs them. ItÂs about fostering team spirit and togetherness and a bit of killer instinct. Being ÂniceÂ to them (and us) is not a necessary ingredient.
Dave, youÂve suffered the pain for almost the same time as I have but somehow kept the faith. And good on you. Mine is in the bin.
119 Posted 05/06/2015 at 10:04:25
A mate of mine works at Portsmouth FC and visiting him there is very sad because you see a proud old club which has suffered beyond measure and is desperately trying to drag itself back from the abyss (and succeeding albeit slowly).
The point here is they still get around 17,000 fans per home game all still hoping that they will get back to former glories and hope is what keeps us all going. We hope to see a marvelous goal or a wonderful piece of individual or collective skill, a fantastic flying save from a shot heading for the top corner and, most of all, for our team to win playing vibrant entertaining football.
I canÂt wait for the new season now!!
Try to keep the faith, Phil Â– we canÂt afford to lose our loyal fans.
120 Posted 05/06/2015 at 10:13:33
Another fella butted in: "I didnÂt, I didnÂt like him and our kid couldnÂt stand him."
I asked why and he said, "He signed for THEM, didnÂt he."
So I said "You didnÂt like Sheedy or Morrissey then?"
Yes of course," he replied, "but that was different, they came the other way"!!!!!!.
Logic, brilliant isnÂt it!!!!
121 Posted 05/06/2015 at 10:28:08
Football has to be about that hope, the dreams, the convincing yourself that it might just happen. And you know what? One day it will.
122 Posted 05/06/2015 at 10:36:08
But so true!
123 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:47:40
124 Posted 05/06/2015 at 11:38:06
125 Posted 05/06/2015 at 14:56:28
I am shaking my head in disbelief that RM will again play with two or even three defensive midfielders with only one up front. We need creativity and signing of Cleverley will not improve us in that area.
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