Bradford eye Cleverley cash

Bantams say they are owed money for midfielder's loan spells

Cleverley: Played for Bradford as a schoolboy before going to United and continuing his development with loan spells

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Bradford have revealed they are in talks with Manchester United over money they believe they are owed for Tom Cleverley.

Midfielder Cleverley was part of Bradford's youth set-up before making the move to United as a schoolboy.

The deal which took the youngster to Manchester stated the Yorkshire club would be paid 10 per cent whenever his registration was transferred, but reportedly did not stipulate it had to be a permanent switch.

Bradford argue they are entitled to payments for all three of Cleverley's loan moves, with the 21-year-old having spent time at Leicester, Watford and Wigan over the past three seasons, before returning to Old Trafford this summer to try and challenge for a regular first-team place.

Having impressed on loan at the DW Stadium, he appears set to be given the opportunity to impress under Sir Alex Ferguson and was called up to the England squad for Wednesday's postponed friendly against Holland.


Under FA rules, fees due to other clubs are supposed to be paid within 21 days of a transfer agreement being struck otherwise the club concerned is fined at a rate of one per cent per day for up to three years.

The club due the money is also entitled to eight per cent interest above base rate per annum.

It is therefore reported that the sum due to Bradford could stretch into six figures, and Bantams joint-chairman Mark Lawn is keen to resolve the matter.

"We're currently in discussions with United," Lawn told The Sun.

"They are a professional and sensible club so I don't see a problem.

"We're saying that this is the contract and we believe we're owed money so we're waiting for them to get back to us."