Everton has made a splash in the transfer window, which will officially open on July 1. They have announced that they will sign midfielder Tom Cleverley to a five-year contract.
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The 25-year-old midfielder spent most of the 2014-15 Premier League season on Aston Villa, but he was on a loan deal with Manchester United.
Everton had already tried to sign Cleverley in the previous transfer window, but a deadline day deal fell through as procrastination came back to haunt them.
Toffees manager Roberto Martinez already has experience in working with Cleverley, as they worked together in Wigan during the 2010-11 season as Cleverley played there on a loan contract.
“We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club,” Martinez said to ESPN FC.
Cleverley scored three goals in 31 appearances for Aston Villa this season, but Martinez believes that the 25-year-old is entering his prime.
Everton is looking to take the next step after finishing in 11th place in the Premier League standings, and they are sure to do so if Martinez’s faith in Cleverley pays off.