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Cleverley seals last-gasp Villa loan

2 September 2014 17:05

Tom Cleverley has completed his deadline-busting loan move from Manchester United to Aston Villa.

Cleverley, 25, had been widely expected to leave Old Trafford in the transfer window, and moves to the Midlands for the duration of the 2014-15 season.

Everton and Hull City had been linked with a move for the England midfielder, but Paul Lambert has swooped to bolster his ranks after an impressive start to the season.

The transfer had to be ratified by the Premier League board as it was completed in the early hours of Tuesday morning, UK time, after the deadline had officially passed.

Cleverley, who could make his Villa debut against Liverpool after the international break, is thrilled to have made the switch, and cannot wait to play under Lambert and his assistant, former United captain Roy Keane.

"The prospect of working under the manager and Roy, who were both fantastic midfielders in their playing careers, made the decision to come to Villa an easy one," he told Villa's official website.

"I'm looking forward to working with them but also the other really good midfield players that the club have, like Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and other new lads like Kieran Richardson, Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez."

Cleverley went on to say he has been impressed with Villa's start to the season - which has seen them take seven points from three Premier League outings - and believes the club's style of play will suit his game.

"I've been watching Villa games this year and it's been a really good start and, with the upcoming fixtures all big games, hopefully I can bring a bit of big game experience and add to the squad and help us to win some games," he added.

"It's a team that plays the style of football that I like.

"They play with high energy, they pass and move and there are a lot of good young players. The manager told me the way that he'd like me to play and it all sat perfectly for me."

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