With midfielder Daley Blind and striker Radamel Falcao as good as signed by Manchester United as the transfer window draws to a close, Red Devils stalwarts Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck look increasingly certain to head for pastures new.
Both England internationals are odds-against to still be at Old Trafford by 23.00, with the former 7/4 to continue sporting the famous red shirt from tomorrow onwards, while the latter is even longer at 2/1.
Aston Villa were expected to wrap up a deal for Cleverley, having shown their hand early with a bid of around £7m, but Everton are now evens to snap up the former Bradford youth.
Villans coach Paul Lambert thought he had an ace in the hole in the form of former United midfield legend Roy Keane, his new assistant in the midlands, when negotiating a potential switch.
However, it seems Cleverley’s links with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who had the 25-year-old on loan at Wigan during 2010/11, will see the 13-times capped Three Lions man take the shorter trip across the north west to Goodison Park.
Cleverley’s still 6/4 to become an Aston Villa player by tomorrow, but with no news coming from the Lambert camp and the United man’s wages thought to be a significant stumbling block, Everton could indeed be the beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are 1/2 to sign Welbeck before transfer business is wrapped up for another summer, although reports suggest a deal is far from close, with the striker continuing to train while on England duty ahead of Roy Hodgson’s side’s fixtures against Norway and Switzerland.
Falcao’s imminent arrival strongly indicates that Welbeck has become a spare part at Old Trafford though, with the wide-forward seemingly unsuitable for new coach Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation.
Hull and Sunderland are both priced at 6/1 to persuade Welbeck to look north east before the end of the day, with Arsenal an increasingly unlikely choice at 7s.