By Matt Farr
Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley is set to join Watford on a permanent deal this summer – and fans on Twitter are delighted.
The 27-year-old is currently on loan at the Premier League club after agreeing a deal in January to quit Everton until the end of the season.
Everton confirmed their first transfer of the summer window on their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon, announcing that Watford had exercised their option to sign the player permanently for an undisclosed fee.
— Everton (@Everton) March 31, 2017
It was also confirmed by Watford on their own official Twitter account that the England international had signed a five-year deal with the club.
Cleverley had struggled to establish himself in the Everton first team under Ronald Koeman this season, and the permanent agreement has left Everton fans delighted on Twitter.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Bradley Cates (@Bradley_Cates) March 31, 2017
Good to see Cleverley get a move where he'll get games. I liked the lad just don't think he had enough quality. #EFC
— Sticky Toffee (@BlueandWhyte) March 31, 2017
— Hugh Malone (@bocaboyz) March 31, 2017
— Simon Currie (@sicurrie) March 31, 2017
WOOOOOOOO TOM CLEVERLEY IS GONE
— Tom (@TJR1878) March 31, 2017
We've just sold Tom Cleverley for more than what we bought Idrissa Gueye for, think about that for business.
— Brendan (@BRawcliffe96) March 31, 2017
After making just four Premier League starts during the first half of the campaign, Cleverley was part of a mid-season exodus that saw as many as five other senior players quit the club.
Gerard Deulofeu, Oumar Niasse, Leandro Rodriguez, Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson were also shipped out by Koeman, who set about removing the deadweight from the first team squad.
But Cleverley has reaped the rewards of his fresh start at Vicarage Road, starting seven of his eight Premier League appearances for Watford, and becoming a key player.
In other Everton transfer news, a report has detailed the stumbling block that Everton must overcome in their pursuit of this £20million defender.