Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley will complete a free transfer to Everton on July 1.
The 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract with The Toffees to end a 14-year association with United, whom he joined aged 11.
Cleverley, who spent 2014-15 on loan at Aston Villa, originally wanted to reunite with his former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez at Goodison in the summer but a deal failed to materialise.
And despite enjoying a new lease of life under Villa manager Tim Sherwood, he has overlooked the FA Cup finalists to link up with Martinez.
Cleverley made his Premier League debut under Martinez at Wigan in 2010 and he could be joined on the blue half of Merseyside by Jonny Evans , who is also interesting Everton .
United manager Louis van Gaal appointed Cleverley as United’s captain in the pre-season tour win over Roma but Cleverley was told in August he was free to leave the club.
Tom C signed loan deal with Villa. Awaiting PL approval.
His dad sent me this y/day. Tom’s 1st day at MUFC 14 yrs ago pic.twitter.com/sMTi5dKVri
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 2, 2014
Cleverley started in United’s second game of the season at Sunderland, although that was mainly due to the injury-ravaged state of Van Gaal’s squad.
The Basingstoke-born England international enjoyed fruitful stints on loan at Leicester, Watford and Wigan before he made his United debut in the 2011 Community Shield comeback win over City.
His performance granted him a first-team role, yet he never truly recovered from an ankle injury inflicted by Bolton’s Kevin Davies in September 2011.
Tom Cleverley, Febian Brandy, Joe Thompson & Richard Eckersley in #mufc junior side, circa 2000 (via @amckeeganMEN) pic.twitter.com/eMYApbS3PP
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) September 3, 2014
Cleverley played 73 times for United and scored five goals – all but one coming in the Premier League-winning 2012-13 campaign.
See pictures of Cleverley’s United career below
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