Watford have officially announced the permanent signing of Tom Cleverley after reaching an agreement with Everton following the player’s initial loan deal.
Cleverley, who spent the 2009/10 campaign at Vicarage Road very early in his career, scoring 11 times in 33 games, has now signed a long-term contract with the Hornets which will tie him down until 2022.
“We’re very pleased to secure Tom’s signature. I believe it’s a sign of our ambition to recruit the highest calibre of player for Watford,” chief executive Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Cleverley himself said: “I think I made it clear I had feelings for the club when I came down here on loan and it was always the view to sign a permanent deal, so I’m over the moon. I felt part of the club from day one of the loan but now I really feel this is home and hopefully it is for a very long time.”
Having played in the Premier League for Aston Villa and Everton since leaving boyhood club Manchester United, Cleverley has played eight league games so far this season. The midfielder has also made 13 appearances for England.
Watford are currently 14th in the Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone, and are at home to last-placed Sunderland this weekend.