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Cleverley could seal permanent Watford move this weekend

| Thursday, 16 March 2017  27 Comments  [Jump to last]
Tom Cleverley will apparently trigger a clause in his loan deal from Everton to Watford if he plays for the Hornets against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The midfielder would be making his seventh start in what has been a highly successful return to Vicarage Road which Bleacher Report claim would mean Watford would be obligated to purchase him outright in the summer.

The agreed fee is believed to be £8m.

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Damian Wilde
1 Posted 16/03/2017 at 17:58:02
Brian Williams
2 Posted 16/03/2017 at 18:14:11
Good business if it's true. Knowing our luck he'll get injured in training and not play again!!!!
John Keating
3 Posted 16/03/2017 at 19:17:46
When you think we could have given him away for nothing just to get him off the wage bill £8 million is a great deal.

Getting £7 million for Gibson and Oviedo plus what we can get for Lennon, Niasse, Jags, Stekelenburg et al in the summer might pay for young Keane or whatever his name is from Burnley, plus go towards another.

Mike Berry
4 Posted 16/03/2017 at 19:35:18
Great business if true and good luck to Tom at Watford
Jamie Sweet
5 Posted 16/03/2017 at 19:49:36
Never heard of terms on a loan deal like this before. Good bit of business if true though.
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 16/03/2017 at 20:10:05
Another rumour -- Metro says Arsenal wants Gueye:

Dermot Byrne
7 Posted 16/03/2017 at 20:19:23
Mike... Based on what? Inside source?
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 16/03/2017 at 20:41:42
They don't give a source, Dermot, but it's been picked up by a half-dozen outlets including the Arsenal fan sites.
Robert Leigh
9 Posted 16/03/2017 at 22:53:29
Loose maths here says we have turned out making money on him- which means great business (if true).

£8mil / 104 = £75,000 a week (approx)

I guess they are, but if Watford weren't paying any wages and they buy for £8mil we've done well. He wouldn't have been on £75k a week I hope, so a conservative guess of £50k leaves a profit of £2.8mil, less any signing on fee we gave him for being a free agent.

Good business, at the worst cost neutral so worth the gamble. Sure he's a nice lad but there's no room for that now at EFC.

Dave Older
10 Posted 16/03/2017 at 22:57:24
£8m?????? Ha, what a deal. Great news if true.
Brian Williams
11 Posted 16/03/2017 at 23:44:40
John (#3).

Don't think we can count on money for Jags.

Heard a little whisper he's going back to Sheff Utd after this season, on a free, as reward for his long service.

Raymond Fox
12 Posted 16/03/2017 at 23:50:34
In the present market the lads worth £8, I think too many on here wouldn't recognise a good player if they fell over one!
John Keating
13 Posted 17/03/2017 at 06:28:26
Brian (#11),

I hope they don't give him a free cos we're nice guys. We had to pay a whack for Williams and in my opinion him and Jags are not that far apart, if at all.

I doubt anyone would give us a player for nothing. Getting him off the wage bill is in itself a good deal but we have to get market value on a transfer.

Finally, he's better than Sheffield United.

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 17/03/2017 at 09:25:56
Getting rid of the deadwood could earn us around £30m this summer, enough to buy us a decent backup for Rom, CB or goalie.
Martin Nicholls
15 Posted 17/03/2017 at 10:33:09
John (#13) – I'm with you. Can you imagine the Mancs giving Rooney to us on a free "as reward for his long(er!) service"?
Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:33:47
Doesn't Jagielka only have a year left on his contract. We're hardly going to get much for him so why not help him move on and use his wages to bring in the next generation.

Don't be surprised if he's back in a coaching role one day soon.

Dave Abrahams
17 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:50:38
I think he is due a testamonial next season, that might keep him here, though players these days tend to give any money from these games to charity, or so they say.
Mark Morrissey
18 Posted 17/03/2017 at 17:47:06
If a team gives us £8million for Cleverley I won't stop laughing til Christmas. I'm better than Cleverley. The world is sick.
Dave Williams
19 Posted 17/03/2017 at 18:07:39
How on earth did the much maligned team of Kenwright and Elstone negotiate such a good deal on top of the corker they managed for Oviedo and Gibson?

It surely couldn't be that they know a little bit more than their many critics give them credit for??

Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:21:15
Good business, if the move comes off. If it does hopefully it will go towards some top class reinforcements.
Paul Momber
21 Posted 18/03/2017 at 20:39:43
Well, he played... so that's money in the bank, then, is it?
David Pearl
22 Posted 19/03/2017 at 00:11:24
John, 3, l'd rather spend our transfer kitty on what'sizname from Barcelona!
Ajay Gopal
23 Posted 19/03/2017 at 07:24:06
Assuming Deulofeu, Niasse, McGeady continue to do well at their respective clubs and Koeman doesn't have them in his plans (not so sure about Deulofeu), then selling them together with Cleverley and possibly, Jags and Besic, could get us about £25-30 Million overall, which could get us 1 good player like Sigurdsson or Keane (from Burnley) or McGuire (from Hull). We need at least 4 players to improve the team next year:

A high-energy left-back or wing-back to support Koeman's favoured Back 3 formation (long term Baines' replacement)
An attacking, creative mid-fielder (Sigurdsson, Rooney etc)
At least 1 strong Centre Back (Keane, McGuire, Van Dijk)
A back-up striker to Lukaku

All this will cost about £100 million in the current market. Does Moshiri have the money to do that without selling Lukaku and Barkley?

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
24 Posted 19/03/2017 at 08:48:09
Started the game and played 80 minutes.


And he cost us how much in transfer fee? Remind me?

Ian Bennett
25 Posted 19/03/2017 at 12:00:59
Him, Niasse and Deulofeu should raise £30m+ and critically free up more wages. Kone, Lennon, Funes Mori you would expect will be heading for the exit door, and dare I say it Williams and Besic or McCarthy could be phased out quite quickly if more quality comes in.

Given the numbers in the academy that look ready, I think we need quality and not quantity. Two centre-backs, a striker and a left back are a must. And another attacking mid if they come available. Expect a long post season link with Shaw, Keane, Van Dijk, the young Fulham left back, Celtic Dembele, and a big mistake if it happened – Rooney. If we are after a veteran get Defoe from relegated Moyes.

The above net spend could still be modest, and still fit financial fair play.

Bob Parrington
26 Posted 19/03/2017 at 21:29:04
Just because the Arse says it want Gana doesn't mean he's going there or anywhere for that matter. IMO He's become a vital part of our team and we should tell them to GGF.
Ray Roche
27 Posted 19/03/2017 at 22:07:30
Robert Leigh (#9

"But if Watford weren't paying any wages..."

Watford will have been paying his wages Robert, we may be soft but not THAT stupid. It's common for the borrowing club to pay all or most of a loan players wages.

Unless it's a Turkish club who think you should pay them for loaning him, and then not send him back...

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