Everton boss Roberto Martinez refuses to give up on Tom Cleverley

Martinez refuses to give up on Cleverley
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez hints that he could move for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley at the end of the season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed that he has not given up hope of one day signing Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

The Blues' attempts to take the 25-year-old on loan collapsed on transfer deadline day, with Cleverley completing a temporary switch to Aston Villa instead.

However, Martinez, who worked with the midfielder at Wigan Athletic, hinted that he could make another approach when the player's contract is due to expire next summer.

"I will always be interested in Tom in terms of the experiences that I had with him. That will never change," The Mirror quotes the Spanish coach as saying. "I know the player inside-out 10 ten months in football is an eternity. Anything could happen in that time."

Martinez also speculated that United were unwilling to loan Cleverley to Everton because the Blues finished above them in the Premier League last term.

Tom Cleverley of Manchester United looks on during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2013
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