By Emma Sanders
Tom Cleverley has re-joined Watford on loan until the end of the season but could make a permanent move.
Everton revealed the news via their official Twitter account on Thursday evening shortly after announcing they had signed Morgan Schneiderlin on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
— Everton (@Everton) January 12, 2017
The 27-year-old will join Watford for the rest of the 2016-17 campaign and the agreement could be made permanent in the summer.
The out-of-favour midfielder has become a bit-part player under Ronald Koeman this season and it always looked likely he would opt for a move away in January.
Since joining the Blues from Manchester United in June 2015, Cleverley has gone on to make 42 appearances for Everton but he has featured just 12 times this season.
The arrival of midfielder Idrissa Gueye in the summer pushed him further down the pecking order and he was often overlooked in favour of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy at Everton this season.
It’s unlikely he will return to Goodison Park after the Blues confirmed the signing of former Manchester United star Schneiderlin.
It’s Cleverley’s second stint at Vicarage Park after spending a year there on loan from Manchester United from 2009.
Football Insider verdict:
Cleverley has struggled to make an impact at Everton though he proved to be a valuable squad member during his first year at the club. He has slumped since his days at Manchester United where he became an England international but he has not fulfilled his potential and is often described as a slow and passive midfielder. He will bring composure to Watford’s midfield though, as well as valuable experience, and it is certainly a good deal for the Premier League strugglers. He will bring a wider ranger of passing to the side and it’s likely they will complete a permanent deal in the summer.
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