Steven Defour: Burnley sign Belgium midfielder from Anderlecht

Steven Defour
Defour won the Belgian Golden Shoe award in 2007, for the best player in the Belgian First Division

Burnley have signed Belgium midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht for a club-record £8m.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the newly promoted Clarets.

Defour has been capped 46 times for Belgium and appeared at the 2014 World Cup, but he missed out on a place in the Euro 2016 squad.

"I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League," Defour said. "It's a new challenge for me, but I like that."

Defour won the Portuguese league twice with Porto and also won the Belgian league title twice during his time at Standard Liege.

He has been a summer-long target for the Clarets and added: "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."

Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: "Steven was a target of ours and it's been a hard deal to do, but we got there in the end."

Everton had a £9m bid for Defour rejected by Liege in 2011 and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson wrote to him wishing him a speedy recovery after he broke his foot five years ago, when he was a reported transfer target for the Red Devils.

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