Tom Cleverley met Villa assistant boss Roy Keane to discuss a possible move as Uniteds midfield clear-out continues. Photo: Darren Staples

London - Tom Cleverley has met Aston Villa assistant boss Roy Keane to discuss a potential move as Manchester United’s midfield clear-out continues.

As Shinji Kagawa flew to in Germany yesterday afternoon to put the finishing touches to an £8 million (R142m) return to Borussia Dortmund, Cleverley, for whom Villa have bid £7m and who interests Everton, Hull and Valencia, went to Birmingham. Old Trafford legend Keane has stepped in to try and lure the 25-year-old, with the promise of regular first-team football at the Midlands club.

Keane knows all about leaving Manchester following his controversial departure midway through the 2004-05 season, but Cleverley is still to decide where his future lies.

Kagawa is close to reaching an agreement on a four-year deal at Dortmund as he flies over for a medical. One or two personal details still have to be ironed out but Kagawa is confident they would not prevent him returning to the Westfalenstadion.