By Harvey Byrne
Everton are looking to cut their ties with midfielder Tom Cleverley and have alerted clubs, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the Toffees have made clubs aware that they are looking to offload the 27-year-old midfielder in January.
Cleverley only made the move to Goodison Park in the summer of 2015 after his contract at Manchester United expired.
He played 38 times under manager Roberto Martinez last season and scored three goals in all competitions.
However, the former United man has fallen down the pecking order at the club following Ronald Koeman’s appointment in the summer.
He has played just 11 times for the club this season with the summer addition of Idrissa Gueye to the team’s midfield limiting his game time.
He did however start the match against his former club on Sunday in the most recent match before coming off for Gerard Deulofeu in the 65th minute.
The midfielder is still contracted until 2020, but his time with Everton may be coming to an early end.
Koeman will be looking for further additions himself in January and given the club’s recent poor form Cleverley could be one of the outgoings from the team.
Football Insider verdict:
For where Everton are looking to get to, Cleverley is not good enough. He would have been sold sooner or later and it is better to get him out early. The midfielder was the type of player necessary under the old regime. However, with Farhad Moshiri taking over in the summer the club now need better quality in their ranks. One positive for the club is that they can’t make a loss on the midfielder after he signed on a free. Therefore, they must now cut their ties with the former England international and other members of the squad if Koeman is to progress the side.
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