The Hornets have concluded a deal for the 27-year-old that includes an option to sign him for a reported £8m in the summer after he travelled south today and underwent a successful medical.
It represents a return to Watford for the former England international who spent a season on loan there from Manchester United in 2009-10, at the end of which he was named player of the season.
Newcastle had been linked with both Cleverley and James McCarthy this window but while there was speculation that Ronald Koeman would only release either or both on permanent deals, the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin at Goodison Park has opened up a fresh start for Cleverley at Vicarage Road.
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1 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:09:52
2 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:14:38
3 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:21:16
He scored an important winner at Newcastle last season, so that alone probably paid his wages in the TV money for finishing 2 places higher and we paid nothing for him, so if we get £8m+ for him it represents great business.
4 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:24:39
5 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:31:07
If we get less than £8m we would be throwing money away.
6 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:32:43
8 Posted 11/01/2017 at 18:54:25
If that is not offensive, I don't know what is... but I suppose use of the term allows anything that follows.
9 Posted 11/01/2017 at 19:09:04
Nothing against Cleverley but he has no more potential left. What you see is what you get. Hard to believe he managed 13 England caps. He's an average player who will be lucky to command a place on the bench soon. Davies is above him in the pecking order now. So his times done really.
I reckon we'd be lucky to get £5m though. Whatever the fee save a good amount in wages.
10 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:08:28
If he goes on a free, you send me a £1.
11 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:13:00
12 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:22:19
13 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:38:07
14 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:38:16
Mark, I'd save my money if I was you; you don't rate him, fair enough, but when Cleverley is transferred, he'll go for a lot more than you think, a whole lot more.
15 Posted 11/01/2017 at 20:48:46
16 Posted 11/01/2017 at 21:20:19
17 Posted 11/01/2017 at 21:24:52
18 Posted 11/01/2017 at 21:25:18
That's the reality of the market. Unless you have a club in mind. The thread mentions Watford. They'll not go that high.
19 Posted 11/01/2017 at 21:30:51
20 Posted 11/01/2017 at 21:30:53
On another note, anyone else watching the devils spawn somehow getting away only 1-nil down against Southampton? No doubt they'll turn that around in the 2nd leg.
21 Posted 11/01/2017 at 22:11:06
Those facts alone mean that £7m would be a minimum IMHO. Prices are ridiculous at the moment so Watford would consider Cleverley at £7m an absolute bargain.
Hey, Hull are borrowing Niasse, ffs.
22 Posted 12/01/2017 at 00:21:46
Also what's with all this loan shit? He's a 27-year-old England international who has been in England his whole career, and isn't injury prone... What more do teams need to see?
Cash deal please.
23 Posted 12/01/2017 at 00:50:55
The time he's had with us he has basically been played out of position due to being unable to budge the midfield partnership of Barry/McCarthy and Barry/Gueye. Sticking him out on the left wing or in a predominantly defensive midfield role is not what he is.
£7-8M is a good deal for whoever buys him, seeing we just bought a 19-year-old League One player with less than 50 appearances for £11M.
24 Posted 12/01/2017 at 01:04:36
25 Posted 12/01/2017 at 03:02:11
26 Posted 12/01/2017 at 06:27:21
OK, that's the only time I've seen him do that, and anyway, I think we should be doing better than TOWIE wives.
27 Posted 12/01/2017 at 06:37:47
I think Everton and Koeman will be keen to move some players on. The manager to move on players he doesn't see as having a future and the club to recoup some of what it has spent, as well as reducing the wage bill.
I would take £7M for him if it meant we moved him on with some cash for us. Given the clubs that are interested I wouldn't be expecting much more by way of offers.
28 Posted 12/01/2017 at 08:10:47
Together with Niasse, that will be £100k off the weekly wage bill.
29 Posted 12/01/2017 at 08:35:01
If it's permanent in the summer as Niasse could be, we could get around £20m in our coffers for players of no use to us. Would kind of make up for the wasted money on old Oumar seeing how we got Cleverley for free.
Just get shut of Gibson, Lennon and Kone and the fat will have been trimmed nicely.
30 Posted 12/01/2017 at 09:11:55
31 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:04:08
Best he can hope is that someone will take them on loan and with a bit of luck they'll do really well and we'll get some money back on them.
Cleverley has been a massive disappointment. Never found a position that he could be consistently effective in and produced so little for us. Best free transfer.
One of the most sensational free transfers in Premier League history eh? Jeez!
32 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:05:44
He makes the team tick, brilliant on the ball, can pick a pass and got a great shot on him. Reads the game well and ferocious in the tackle.
Can't believe why Koeman is not playing him more often and he will absolutely thrive at another club.
Can some of you please re-post this on Watford, Newcastle, Villa fan forums and also forward to chairman of respective clubs. When you are selling, you big up your product, it is when you are buying you play down the value.
33 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:20:13
For Cleverley, it might mean he gets played in his proper position where he might prove his true value.
34 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:21:11
Best of luck to him.
35 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:23:39
Getting decent money for deadwood is never easy as you say, someone has to want them, and all of them aren't good enough to be regular starters in the Premier League.
I hope we can get decent money for McCarthy, but think we'll struggle to get our £13M back what's happened to potential £20+ M buyers of 2 years ago? I think they've lost interest 'cos he's no longer up to it, fitness being an obvious issue.
36 Posted 12/01/2017 at 11:57:57
38 Posted 12/01/2017 at 12:38:25
Removing players of his 'standard' is a step forward.
39 Posted 12/01/2017 at 12:50:30
40 Posted 12/01/2017 at 12:51:27
41 Posted 12/01/2017 at 13:42:28
What is Cleverley's best position? At Wigan I recall he played well on the left wing, at Villa I believe he centre midfield... I thought he acquitted himself reasonably well when playing right-back for us.
Regardless of getting a decent run in the 1st team I don't think he ever showed enough to convince Martinez or Koeman that he was better than the options in the various positions he 'covers'.
All the best in your future, Tom.
42 Posted 12/01/2017 at 13:42:45
Tom @37 your description fits McCarthy perfectly i.e. no flair (& he nearly always passes sideways or backwards).
43 Posted 12/01/2017 at 14:38:47
44 Posted 12/01/2017 at 15:13:45
45 Posted 12/01/2017 at 15:29:06
46 Posted 12/01/2017 at 15:47:51
The problem being nobody wants those two or so it would seem. Tom just didn't do it for Everton, he wasn't the first and won't be the last, but at least he tried his best, for most of the time. Good luck to him at Watford, if that's where he ends up.
47 Posted 12/01/2017 at 15:53:50
Cleverley has done nothing at all since he arrived here to suggest he could even be a mere component in our current bunch of misfiring misfits.
Getting rid of players like him who will never help us win anything is a positive step forward.
His level is significantly below even where we are right now and he belongs somewhere such as Newcastle and Watford, both of whom he is currently being linked with.
He's just Osman-lite and a waste of a first team place when picked.
48 Posted 12/01/2017 at 16:37:54
49 Posted 12/01/2017 at 16:51:54
Energy, decent pro, never heard a peep out of him. Sadly we won't notice he's gone.
50 Posted 12/01/2017 at 16:56:40
Kone's contract expires in the summer, as does Jagielka's.
Slowly shifting the deadwood. Gibson and Besic probably in the summer too.
51 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:05:19
Gibson, Kone, Niasse and Cleverley off the books would be a good outgoing January window for us.
If Schneiderlin and Belfodil are confirmed to add to Lookman, I would still like us to add a couple more by the end of the window
52 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:13:05
His main problem is that everyone is getting bigger, and the likes of Cleverley, and Osman bet pushed out of the way.
Koeman is getting in some more muscle. It's a brutal League, and you need to be strong.
53 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:21:30
54 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:25:16
55 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:27:38
56 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:28:06
The most frustrating thing about Gibson is that when fit, he has been very good for us, much better than Cleverley, McCarthy or Besic in my opinion. Unfortunately though, I along with almost all Evertonians know, keeping him fit is an impossible task.
57 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:37:07
58 Posted 12/01/2017 at 17:59:33
He'll do decent by Watford. Likely get some more regular playing time, and in his preferred central role. He doesn't have that opportunity for us.
59 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:04:49
Wishing him all the best. He deserves it.
60 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:08:47
61 Posted 12/01/2017 at 18:29:27
Do I get a bonus for getting the figure right as well?
62 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:22:43
63 Posted 12/01/2017 at 19:34:14
It makes Schneiderlin's fee sound a hell of a lot better if someone is prepared to pay that for Cleverley.
All the best all the same.
64 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:09:09
I guess it will be interesting to see where he plays at Watford but, if played in a more central role, will do a decent job.
65 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:37:44
66 Posted 12/01/2017 at 20:54:10
67 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:15:18
Bloody hell. If we have a shirt for him then we really are devoid of ambition.
The most boring player in the history of football.
68 Posted 12/01/2017 at 21:46:04
You asked if it was the Chinese in for Cleverley when I mentioned a fee of around £7m.
Just saying mate !
69 Posted 12/01/2017 at 22:40:00
More in and more out please as the revolution begins.
70 Posted 12/01/2017 at 23:56:08
According to the incomparable EvertonResults.com Cleverley started 6 games in a row on 3 separate occasions and made 25 starts last season, so I think he had his chances but was nothing more than average.
He cost nothing and will bring in a decent fee so I don't understand the vitriol towards him and, with him gone, that frees up a place for Davies, so it's all good.
71 Posted 13/01/2017 at 01:05:42
Minus the wages we paid him.
72 Posted 13/01/2017 at 01:11:50
I think the point is that what we've already paid in fees and wages equals sunk costs, water under the bridge; the question is how much we can now get for him, and £8m seems about all we can hope for.
73 Posted 13/01/2017 at 05:24:30
For some reason he has managed to become one of the most unpopular nice guys ever to play the game. That petition really did shock me
Not being good enough never used to be classed as a crime, but players get paid so much these days...
74 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:23:25
75 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:23:42
With then TV money that's probably most of the £3.75m we have paid him in wages.
76 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:42:26
Had he picked up the ball in our area and dribbled past the oppo and banged it in, then I'd agree with your statement.
77 Posted 13/01/2017 at 08:58:30
The most bland wearer of "The Royal Blue Jersey", since Geoff Nulty. Speaks volumes when a player so moribund can get into our first eleven.
78 Posted 13/01/2017 at 09:05:43
Good luck, Tom, wish all our squad tried as hard as you did.
79 Posted 13/01/2017 at 09:47:53