According to the Express, Watford have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tom Cleverley to a five-year contract . Currently on loan from Everton, the former Manchester United man has established himself as a constant starter for Watford since arriving in January. Due to an appearance clause in the loan agreement, Watford were obliged to make the deal permanent if they were to play him on Saturday’s match versus Sunderland.
Cleverly has played for Watford in the past as United loaned him out during the 2009-10 season when the Hornets were still in the Championship. In 33 games for the club, Cleverley scored 11 goals and won the Player of the Season Award. Before signing for Everton in 2015, Cleverley also had loan spells at Leicester City, Aston Villa, and Wigan Athletic.
“We’re very pleased to secure Tom’s signature,” said Watford CEO Scott Duxbury. ” I believe it’s a sign of our ambition to recruit the highest calibre of player for Watford. Tom’s affinity with the club and supporters has been very clear from the moment he returned, and we now look forward to seeing him in a Watford shirt for many years to come.”
Since reaching promotion in 2015, Watford has established itself as a solid lower mid-table side, finishing 13th last season and currently sitting 14th, seven points above the relegation zone. Watford has obtained some notable victories over the last two seasons, defeating the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.