By Dominic Toner
Sunderland are considering a move for Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the Black Cats manager David Moyes is weighing up a move for the 27-year-old, but faces competition from Newcastle as they are looking to complete a loan deal.
The report details that Sunderland could be interested in Cleverley once Morgan Schneiderlin completes his expected transfer to Goodison Park.
Cleverley has played a bit-part role for the Toffees this season and is expected to be pushed further down the pecking order by the imminent arrival of United player Schneiderlin.
The central midfielder has made just 12 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s side this season and has completed 90 minutes on just four occasions.
He has been unable to assert his spot in the starting XI for the Merseyside club and has been very much a squad player since he arrive in 2015.
Cleverley has made 41 appearances for Everton, scoring two goals and supplying seven assists.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should look to sell on Cleverley in January as try to build a squad that can compete at the top-end of the Premier League. The 27-year-old is a steady player, but not the type that can help Koeman take the club to the next level. The Merseyside club want to be competing for European places every season and the expected arrival of Schneiderlin is a step in the right direction. However, Cleverley offers little star quality to the Toffees and would be much more suited in a relegation battle at Sunderland. The combative midfielder is a hard worker, but isn’t at the level of Idrissa Gueye, or has no end product going forward.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are still in talks to sign a £31million forward.