News today that Newcastle are busy negotiating a loan deal with Manchester United to bring 20 year-old Tom Cleverley on loan to the Tyneside club.
Tom Cleverley – on his way to Newcastle
The deal will be finalized when Manchester United, who seem to be packing them in over the pond – return from their North American tour next month.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed yesterday that the club is indeed negotiating a loan deal with a Premier League club – who have been interested in the player for a while.
That club is thought to be Newcastle United.
Chris Hughton made enquiries about Cleverley last season while the lad was at Watford, and Tom will add competition to the Newcastle squad.
But Chris will also need to play Cleverely, because the Red Devils are sending him out on loan to get first team experience.
The 20 year has played well for Manchester United in their pre-season, and must have impressed Alex Ferguson, but it seems he still wants to send the Basingstoke-born player out on loan next season, and it appears Newcastle are in the driver’s seat.
Chris Hughton will not say much about who he is really after, but he did tell the Journal this morning:
We are looking at the loan market, and if someone becomes available who will add to our squad, of course we would be interested,”
“We have made our enquiries and we’re hopeful of bringing some in.”
Sr Alex Ferguson also talked about Cleverley:
“Tom is a very talented boy. He is going to be a very good footballer. We are also considering putting him on loan to a Premier Division team,”
“He improved tremendously in his spell at Watford last year. He got an unfortunate injury towards the end of last season and was out for a long time.”
“He has just come back and can play anywhere in midfield, which is always an advantage.”
If Newcastle can secure the loan deal for Tom, say late next week, it would be a great acquisition to add to the already arrived James Perch and free agent Dan Gosling.
Our squad could look very decent before the start of the season on 16th August – away at Old Trafford, so Tom wouldn’t be able to play in that game.
Written on the train from London, King’s Cross to Newcastle Upon Tyne – England.