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Cleverley completes loan move to Villa

ESPN staff
September 2, 2014
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Tom Cleverley has completed his loan move from Manchester United to Aston Villa after the Premier League ratified the transfer.

Villa had initially pulled the plug on a permanent deal for Cleverley after deeming his wage demands too high, though performed a late U-turn on Monday and attempted to sign him on loan.

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The deal, which was announced 17 hours after the transfer window officially closed, appears likely to end the midfielder's United career as he has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, although Sky Sports News reports that both parties have the option to cut the loan agreement short.

Villa had to demonstrate to the Premier League that they had filed an application for the loan move and begun the process to sign Cleverley before the window closed at 11 p.m. British Summer Time on Monday.

The Midlanders were able to announce the arrival of the 25-year-old, who they had initially tried to sign on a permanent deal, on Tuesday.

However, United, who had received an offer of seven million pounds from Villa, were frustrated in their attempts to bring in a transfer fee for the England international.

Cleverley, who also attracted interest from Everton, scored five goals in 79 appearances for United and played what looks set to be his final game for them in last month's 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

He risked being left in limbo at Old Trafford after manager Louis van Gaal signed three other midfielders, in Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind.

Cleverley became the eighth player to leave Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window with Danny Welbeck sold to Arsenal, Shinji Kagawa joining Borussia Dortmund and Tom Laurence signing for Leicester on permanent deals.

In addition, Javier Hernandez went to Real Madrid, Wilfried Zaha to Crystal Palace, Michael Keane to Burnley and Nick Powell to Leicester on loan.

Villa had already brought in centre-back Philippe Senderos, left-back Aly Cissokho and midfielders Carlos Sanchez, Kieran Richardson and Joe Cole.

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