Burnley have completed the £7.5 million signing of Steven Defour from Anderlecht the BBC has reported, as they look to strengthen their midfield for what is looking like a tough Premier League campaign.
Sean Dyche has completed the transfer of the experienced Belgium midfielder as he looks to keep Burnley in the Premier League for the first time after their relegation after one season in 2014/15.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche looks dejected
As reported on Sky Sports,The 28-year-old, who has been capped 46 times, has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor and becomes their fourth signing of the summer, after the acquisitions this summer of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Nick Pope and Jon Flanagan as reported in The Mail.
Defour, previously of Genk, Standard Liege and Porto, could make his Turf Moor debut against Liverpool on Saturday.
Burnley's Johann Berg Gudmundsson gestures
What Defour will bring to the Burnley midfield is a wealth of experience, having won two titles with Standard Liege and two titles with Porto, something Dyche touched on when he told The Mirror: "He's a good player with a depth of experience at international level and also Champions League. He has a real thirst and desire to be successful in this campaign. Steven was a target of ours and it’s been a hard deal to do, but we got there in the end."
Defour comes from a somewhat chequered past as reported in The Daily Mail, but will bring experience of not only winning Championships but also Champions League experience and is a statement of intent from Dyche's side.
Defour will compete with George Boyd, Dean Marney, Michael Kightly, Scott Arfield, Fredrik Ulvestad and new signing Gudmumdsson for a place in the starting lineup but it is believed that Defour will be the driving force as he looks to finally make his mark on the Premier League after his move to Manchester United fell through in 2009.
Burnley's George Boyd in action with Swansea City's Jack Cork
Defour set out his intentions when he told The Sun:
"I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League, I'm looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that. It is a new challenge for me, but I like that.
"It has been a long few weeks, but I am very happy to be here. When I knew that Burnley was interested, I took some time to look into the club and I saw some interesting stuff. I also called a friend of mine who plays at Brentford and he told me Burnley was the best team in the Championship and that it would be a really good choice for me."