Cleverley move to Aston Villa could be delayed

Aston Villa could be forced to wait until the summer to secure the permanent signing of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley as the player weighs up his options, reports the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old has spent most of this season on loan at the West Midlands club, making 18 appearances without scoring. With his Man Utd career looking set to come to an end when his contract expires at the end of June, Villa have the option to buy Cleverley for £7.5m during the current transfer window.

However, he would prefer to explore his options for when he becomes a free agent, meaning Villa are not guaranteed to keep hold of him after this season. Premier League rivals Everton have been linked with a bid, and may be among those looking to sign Cleverley in the summer.

Paul Lambert has expressed significant interest in making the loan permanent in January, although the transfer fee could prove difficult to meet with Villa currently lacking in funds despite the recent signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.

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