By Harvey Byrne
Midfielder Tom Cleverley could seal a permanent move from Everton to Watford this weekend, according to a report.
Football news site Bleacher Report have claimed that the 27-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at the Hornets has a clause in the temporary deal which states if he starts seven matches for the club then his move will become a permanent one.
This means that the former Manchester United man could leave the Toffees permanently if he starts against Crystal Palace on Saturday after having already started in six encounters for the club.
It is also looking likely he will start against Sam Allardyce’s men at Selhurst Park with six of his starts coming in six of Walter Mazzarri’s side’s last league matches.
Cleverley has spent just under two years at Everton after joining on a free transfer from United in the summer of 2015.
He still has three years to run on his contract at the Merseysiders, but he struggled to get in the team under summer appointment Ronald Koeman.
He has enjoyed far more success on his return to Hertfordshire with two assists from his seven appearances for the club.
Football Insider verdict:
Cleverley’s time at Everton currently looks all but up and this reported clause will only speed up the process. The midfielder is not good enough for where the Toffees are now aiming to be and is left over from a time when the club struggled for money against the other top side’s in the Premier League. Let his good form for Watford fool no one, as he is simply performing for a team at his level which is a steady pair of boots in a middling top-flight club. With Morgan Schneiderlin joining in January alongside Tom Davies’ emergence, there is now no room left for Cleverley and this won’t be too much of a loss.
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