Former Fergie favourite set to replace ex-Chelsea man in Russia

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Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour is being tipped to join Lokomotiv Moscow - as a replacement for Lassana Diarra.

Steven Defour was once tipped for greatness.

At Standard Liege he became captain at just 19, won Belgium’s player of the season and led the team to Jupiler League glory two seasons running.

It was also during his time at Liege that Manchester United first registered an interest in the talents of the Mechelen born maestro. With a similar style of play to Paul Scholes but with a far more proficient tackling ability and box-to-box mentality he suited the Manchester United mould immediately.

After a broken foot in 2009 Sir Alex Ferguson even sent the Belgium international a personal letter wishing him a speedy recovery and if that doesn’t tell you the high regard and esteem thought of him at Old Trafford then not much else will.

Nowadays he is at Porto but it does not seem as though he will be hanging around for long. Several reports have linked him with a move away from the club over the past few months - with Fulham and Anderlecht both keen in January.

He is now being linked with a move to Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow, as a replacement for a seemingly outbound former Chelsea and Arsenal player.

Quite remarkably Lassana Diarra has played for the English giants as well as Real Madrid in his interesting career. But he is reportedly tired of his time in Russia, where he has played since joining Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012.

Diarra is being linked with a potential move to Ligue 1 football or indeed a return to the Premier League next season - five years after leaving Portsmouth in 2009.

Defour on the other hand could do with a change of scenery. His form has dipped this term, as has his playing time in Portugal.

Whether Russia would be the right location for him is up for debate. But one thing for sure is this, Defour won't be heading to Manchester United anytime soon. With Diarra on the other hand, it seems anything is possible - so who knows where he will end up.

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