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Bradford demand Cleverley cash

August 11, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester United starlet Tom Cleverley could land Bradford City a cash windfall, with the League Two side insisting they are owed 10% of all his loan fees.

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Cleverley, who starred in Sunday's Community Shield victory over Manchester City and was called up by England this week, was nurtured at Bradford before joining United as a 12-year-old schoolboy.

The deal that took Cleverley to Old Trafford in 2005 included a clause that entitled Bradford, who have twice been in administration, to a payout whenever the midfielder's registration was transferred.

Cleverley, 21, spent time on loan with Leicester, Watford and Wigan during his formative years with United and despite a reported payment of around £300,000 made by the Latics when he moved to the DW Stadium last season, Bradford are yet to receive any cash, according to the Sun.

Bradford joint-chairman Mark Lawn told the newspaper: "We're currently in discussions with United. 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."

The Sun claims United have offered Bradford £50,000.

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