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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Villa seal loan deal for Reds' Cleverley

Aston Villa have completed the season-long loan signing of Tom Cleverley, the club have confirmed.

Villa made a u-turn late on Monday to sign the Manchester United midfielder on loan and had to wait until the Premier League confirmed the paperwork had been completed in time.

Villa had initially pulled the plug on a permanent deal for Cleverley earlier on transfer deadline day with the England man's wage demands pricing him out of a move.

Cleverley was also believed to favour a switch to Everton but the Toffees never struck a deal with United on deadline day.

That prompted Villa to reignite a move for the 25-year-old and they were waiting to see if they managed to complete it in time.

Villa had agreed a fee of around £8m with United for Cleverley but called the deal off on Monday after talks reached a deadlock.

Boss Paul Lambert has been looking to beef up his midfield despite adding Carlos Sanchez, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson over the summer.

He also sold Karim El Ahmadi back to Feyenoord and loaned Aleksandar Tonev to Celtic.

Cleverley looks to have little future at Old Trafford with boss Louis van Gaal making him available and Hull were also interested before moving for Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa.

The England international has made 79 appearances for United.

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