Roy Hodgson looks to bring Belgian international to Anfield.
As Inter Milan prepare their first bid for unsettled Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, manager Roy Hodgson has stepped up the search for his replacement.
The Liverpool boss was due to watch Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour in Belgium last night and is considering a £10million bid for a player who is also a target for Manchester United.
So keen are United on the 22-year-old Belgium international that manager Sir Alex Ferguson wrote him a letter of encouragement when he broke his foot last year and has since kept an eye on his year-long recovery.
With Mascherano expressing his desire to leave Anfield, Hodgson and the Liverpool board will not stand in his way but they are determined not to sell him on the cheap to former boss Rafael Benitez. (Daily Mail)
The moment Defour reaches full fitness it seems likely a move will be made to bring the Belgian international to the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson has of course made a very public push for the midfielder, going as far as to write him a letter wishing him a speedy recovery from his lengthy injury.
Roy Hodgson is now hoping to use any money he looks to get from the likely sale of Javier Mascherano to reinvest in his midfield and a move for the 22 year old ball winner would be a wise one.
The Standard Liege man is two different types of player in one. He has the ability to put in crunching tackles and win possession but also has a creative footballing brain that helps force attacking forays into the box and he gets his fair share of goals and assists.
Clearly the only big issue is whether the youngster can make the huge jump from the decidedly average Belgian Jupiler League to the English top tier, it seems that many believe he can and a number of Europe’s elite are seeking to snap up the talented battler.