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Blackpool and Newcastle United are set to do battle over the signature of young Manchester United star Tom Cleverley.

According to reports, both clubs are interested in signing the 20-year-old on a season-long loan deal.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Championship side Watford where he impressed, scoring 11 goals during his time at Vicarage Road.

Cleverley joined United as a trainee at the age of 15 and is expected to sign a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is said to rate the youngster highly and has no intention of letting him leave on a permanent basis.

However, Ferguson could be prepared to allow Cleverley to leave on loan again in order to gain valuable Premier League experience.

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