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.

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