Everton to step up move for Man United scapegoat

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to link up with Manchester United Tom Cleverley at Goodison Park, according to reports from The Metro.

The 24-year-old midfielder rose to prominence working under the Spaniard at Wigan during a brief loan spell, which prompted the Red Devils to give him a first-team chance.

But despite earning recognition on the international stage with England, Cleverley has failed to win over large sections of United’s supporters, and came in for a huge amount of criticism during the woeful 2013/14 campaign.

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With Ander Herrera having been snapped up last week in a big money deal to kick off Louis van Gaal’s era at the Theatre of Dreams, the much-maligned passer’s future looks unclear.

Martinez is keen to take advantage of the situation, and is confident that the lure of regular action and a fresh start will tempt the player.

With Leon Osman now 33 a replacement is needed and Cleverley is seen as a good long-term option.

Although he has been criticised, the midfielder possesses a good range of passing and plenty of composure on the ball.