Burnley have finally made their mark in the transfer market with Anderlecht confirming that the Clarets have agreed a deal to sign Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour, as reported by Sky Sports.
It has been a frustrating summer for Burnley boss Sean Dyche with only players arriving at Turf Moor ahead of their return to the Premier League right-back Jon Flanagan (below) on loan from Liverpool and Charlton pair Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope for minimal fees.
However, last season’s Championship winners may have finally secured the kind of quality signing that has eluded them in recent years, with Anderlecht announcing on their official Twitter page that the once-coveted midfielder was set to leave for Lancashire, as reported by Sky Sports.
It is unknown how much Burnley have agreed to pay for Defour, who was included as part of Marc Wilmot’s Belgium squad for Euro 2016, but it is believed to be just shy of the £9 million they paid Bristol City for Andre Gray last summer.
Defour was highly rated as a youngster at Standard Liege, Sir Alex Ferguson (below) even going as far as to write him a personal letter to let him know of Manchester United’s interest in 2009 while wishing him a speedy recovery from a broken foot.
However, the preceding years were not kind to the Mechelen-born prodigy, a disappointing three-year spell with Porto culminating in a move back to his homeland with Anderlecht in 2014.
Now however, at 28, Defour finally has the chance to prove his quality in England, albeit with newly-promoted Burnley rather than Sir Alex’s champions.
Blessed with an excellent passing range and innate tenacity, in Defour Clarets boss Sean Dyche (below) has finally signed a player with the capacity to both create and destroy.
The 46-time capped international will surely prove a significant upgrade on David Jones and Scott Arfield, who were the first-choice midfield partnership as Burnley suffered an immediate return to the Championship upon their last Premier League appearance in 2014-15.