By Danny Wright
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has ordered the club’s chiefs to sign Everton’s Tom Cleverley on a permanent deal, according to a report.
The Sun reports that the Premier League rival boss wants to make the 27-year-old a mainstay at Vicarage Road after impressing in the early stages of his loan spell away from Merseyside.
Cleverley began his second loan spell with the Hornets in January after originally joining the club in 2009 during his time at Manchester United.
The playmaker has started the last five league games for Mazzarri and the Italian is clearly impressed with his work at the club so far.
The loanee struggled for game-time under Ronald Koeman before he was shipped out on a temporary basis in a bid to get first team football.
Cleverley had made just 10 league appearances for the Toffees in the first half of the campaign and made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League since early November.
The former United man is no stranger to a loan move and found himself at four different clubs on a temporary basis in his time at Old Trafford.
As well as Watford, the English midfielder had spells at Leicester, Wigan and Aston Villa before the Merseyside club signed him after his contract with Man United expired.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton don’t need Tom Cleverley. They have a great midfield as it is and the emergence of Tom Davies adds even more depth and youth. Mazzarri clearly sees something in the 27-year-old and if he wants to make him part of his squad then it is fair to guess that Koeman will oblige. From Watford’s point of view, they need English players. They have one of the most diverse squads in the league so bringing in an experienced English midfielder is a clever move on their behalf. However Cleverley has never really put his foot down anywhere and convinced enough people that he is a Premier League player.