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United close to agreeing new deal for scapegoat Cleverley

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Tom Cleverley's difficult week is poised to end positively as Manchester United are set to offer the midfielder a new £15 million deal, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Cleverley has been the subject of recent criticism from fans of both club and country, but United boss David Moyes responded by giving the under-fire midfielder a vote of confidence and insisted he had a "bright future."

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Furthermore, England manager Roy Hodgson was left furious at an online petition launched to get Cleverley omitted from his final squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, The Mail reports United are close to agreeing a new five-year deal for Cleverley, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2015.

The 24-year-old was absent from the United squad that enjoyed a 3-0 Premier League victory against West Brom on Saturday.

Moyes is facing a busy summer of transfer action and the Sun has linked the United boss with a move for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, in a bid to replace outgoing captain Nemanja Vidic.

Inter Milan recently confirmed a deal for Vidic, who will move to the Serie A side in the summer. It is reported that Vermaelen shares the same agent as Robin van Persie, although Arsenal would command a fee of around £12m for the defender.

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