The Premier League bosman-rule switches continued yesterday, as Tom Cleverley sealed a switch to Goodison Park with Everton. This brings to an end the Englishman’s 15-year association with Manchester United, with whom he was unable to secure a new deal.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Villa Park and Tim Sherwood had been keen to secure the midfielder’s services on a permanent basis. However, Everton have agreed a five-year contract with the player and he will officially join the Merseyside outfit on 1 July once his United contract has expired.
On the same day that the deal was announced, Cleverley was also called into the England squad for Sunday’s friendly with the Republic of Ireland, replacing the injured Ryan Mason of Tottenham. Should he feature at any stage in this tie, he will earn his 14th international cap.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Cleverley’s move to Merseyside.
The majority welcomed the former Manchester United man, wishing him luck in his future:
— Brian Viner (@vinerbrian) June 6, 2015
Good luck to Tom Cleverley and thanks for helping us stay up and reach the FA Cup Final. #avfc
— walshcat1 (@walshcat1) June 6, 2015
Cleverley is a signing that just fits Everton. ??
— tomchadwick (@tompchadwick) June 5, 2015
Confident RM can bring out the best in Cleverley at #EFC. He received his maiden England first-team call-up not long after his Wigan spell.
— Matthew Judge (@Matthew_Judge94) June 5, 2015
A few were less than impressed with Roberto Martinez’s acquisition:
How Roberto Martinez can be excited about signing Cleverley is beyond me, played maybe 5 good games for Villa after they changed manager..
— Ryan Davidson (@ryndvdsn) June 6, 2015
Martinez definitely a comedian, man said Cleverley is exciting ??
— blackpaulscholes (@Olvvwatayo) June 6, 2015
Tom Cleverley must have a great agent
— Mick Woodhead (@mwoodhead83) June 6, 2015
Thank god we got rid of Cleverley. Do Evans next, Ed.
— noufil (@NouChill) June 5, 2015
Some were undecided:
Cleverley…. Jury is out but he'll have my full support – welcome to Everton Tom laaaaad #EFC
— AJ Smith (@andystreacle) June 6, 2015
— Amish (@amipraj) June 6, 2015
Tom Cleverley back in the England squad and playing for a manager that believes in him at club level. He must think it's 2013.
— Sean Kearns (@SeanPaulKearns) June 5, 2015
Martinez bums Cleverley so hopefully he'll come good, but this is what I said about McGeady ?
— Jonny Beatham (@JBeatham) June 5, 2015
This is bound to cause a few chuckles:
Have a cleverley and falcao shirt ?
— Sakib (@Sakib__) June 5, 2015