New Toffees to sweeten Barclays Asia Trophy

New signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu have been named in the Everton squad for this month’s Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore.

Cleverley, who helped Manchester United to the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League title and spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, has penned a five-year contract with the Merseyside club.

Deulofeu will be donning Evertonian blue for the second time, having starred on-loan in Roberto Martinez’s debut season at the helm in 2013-14, when the Toffees finished fifth.

The former Barcelona attacker spent last season at Sevilla, but has since penned a permanent deal with Everton, with the Toffees paying £4.2 million for the Spaniard.

The duo will form part of a strong Everton squad for the four-team tournament in Singapore, alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka.

Captain Leighton Baines, plus Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo – who were all injured towards the end of the 2014-15 campaign – will sit out the tour.

Martinez’s troops battled to an 11th-place finish last season, but the manager feels a trip to Southeast Asia will help get the Toffees back up the table this coming season.

Arsenal, Stoke City and a Singapore Select XI will also participate in the tournament, commencing on July 15 at Singapore’s National Stadium.

"I'm very excited because … a trip to Singapore gives an opportunity to work in a different manner," Martinez said.

"We're heading to something completely different that I do feel is going to be perfect in trying to reach a really competitive level, quicker than any other pre-season, due to the pedigree of this tournament.

"When you are abroad it is different. We are going to compete for a trophy and it's the opportunity to get into a final and then you are facing opposition that is going to be very helpful to reach a physical level that is going to help us start the season well.

“There's a real positive to face Premier League opposition when you are in a tournament of this magnitude."

Everton will face Stoke City in the opening match before the Gunners take on the Singapore Select XI.

The two winning teams then face-off in the final on July 18, with the other two sides competing for third.

Everton will take a 24-strong party to Singapore, which also includes under-21 trio Brendan Galloway, Conor McAleny and Tyias Browning.

John Stones and Luke Garbutt, who competed in England’s under-21 European Championships campaign, will also make the trip.

Everton squad for the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy (squad is subject to change): Joel Robles, Tim Howard, Jindrich Stanek, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, Brendan Galloway, Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Muhamed Besic, Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley, Arouna Kone, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Conor McAleny, Gerard Deulofeu.