Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley is on the verge of finalising a loan move to Watford, reports Sky Sports News.
What’s the word?
The 13-capped England international has failed to hold down a place in Everton’s first team.
In fact, the 27-year-old has started just four Premier League games under Ronald Koeman this season.
He has made 10 appearances altogether in the top flight, and two in the EFL Cup, but it seems as though his role as a squad player could change.
Sky Sports claim that the midfielder will have a medical today after Everton and Watford agreed on a loan deal, which could turn permanent at the end of the season.
Cleverley joined the Merseyside outfit from Manchester United in June 2015 and made 22 league appearances, scoring two goals and creating four assists in his first season.
Does Cleverley suit Watford?
Well, for one, he will get more game time at Vicarage Road and consistency from him could help the Hornets retain their top-flight status.
At Manchester United and Everton, Cleverley struggled to become first choice, meaning that he had brief spells in the team, which can stunt development.
At the age of 27, the Englishman should have the ability to perform, but he has not been given much of a chance by Koeman.
Expectations are high on any homegrown talent coming through the ranks at United, and it was no different for Cleverley, but he made the right call in leaving when he realised his game time was limited.
He seems to be in a similar situation at Goodison Park, so a fresh start at Watford could be what he needs, particularly as he has played for the Hornets before.
Cleverley won the player of the season award after making more than 30 appearances during a loan spell at Watford during the 2009-10 campaign.