Man United flop is sudden hot property as Hull join transfer race

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If there was one thing that wasn’t expected to happen during this summer transfer window, it was a transfer tussle over Manchester United and England’s much maligned midfielder Tom Cleverley.

After Aston Villa and Valencia both made bids for the oft-ribbed Red Devil, Hull boss Steve Bruce confirmed his side had also thrown their hat into the ring in a bid to rescue the 25-year-old’s career.

Having turned in performances that have brought nothing but criticism for both club and country, Cleverley has been a subject of national fun for the best part of 12 months.

However, following the Valencia and Aston Villa offers, Hull’s confirmed interest in the player makes the transfer battle for his signature official.

With just 12 months left on Cleverley’s contract, United manager Louis van Gaal is willing to listen to all three offers in order to clear the midfielder’s wages off the books.

A poor start to the Dutchman’s reign at Old Trafford only makes departures more likely ahead of Monday’s deadline in the transfer window, with players needing to leave to balance the squad ahead of any potential new arrivals.

With Hull out of the Europa League before the group stage, the KC Stadium club have only domestic competitions to concern themselves with, but that hasn’t stopped their manager seeking out new arrivals.

“If there is a deal to be done to try and get somebody like Tom then of course we would be interested,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

The former United skipper’s side are 9/4 to beat Aston Villa in their next outing and have started the campaign unbeaten in the Premier League with one win and a draw from their first two matches.

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