Arsenal & Manchester United Go Head to Head for £12m Midfield Maestro: Steven Defour Ready for Premier League Move

Emirates and Old Trafford bosses fight it out for Belgian international.

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Sports News - September 05, 2008

Standard Liege captain Steven Defour is set to become the subject of a bidding war between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. The Belgian international’s season has been hampered by injury and as a result his side has struggled to keep up with Belgian pacesetters Anderlecht and found themselves an astonishing 30 points behind the leaders before the league went into the play-off stages.

Manchester United boss Ferguson made no secret of his interest in the 22 year old midfielder and even sent the youngster a letter encouraging Defour as he recovered from a long term knock. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also a big fan and sees the talented midfielder as just the type of player who could improve his Emirates squad.

A number of other Premier League sides have expressed an interest in the intelligent ball winner but United and Arsenal are in the driving seat and Standard Liege may feel that they have little hope of trying to keep Defour at the club and will instead look to cash in on their prized asset.

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