Arsenal & Tottenham Target Porto Midfielder Steven Defour

Rivals go head-to-head for Belgian.

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Porto star Steven Defour.

The Belgian international is not yet a year into a five-year deal with the Portuguese side but Spurs boss-in-waiting Andre Villas-Boas has instructed his new club to enquire about Defour’s asking price, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also interested in his signature.

Villas-Boas did not sign Defour for his old club Porto but has long been an admirer of the 24-year-old and believes his energy and versatility could be important assets, as Spurs prepare for life without Luka Modric.

Wenger is also keen on the former Standard Liege midfielder and is monitoring the situation.

The Frenchman has turned his back on a move for £7.5 million Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila but remains interested in strengthening the middle of the park, although Defour is naturally more attacking than the French international.

Porto are thought to be reluctant to lose Defour, who has 34 caps for Belgium, particularly with teammate Jaoa Moutinho heavily linked to both Spurs and Manchester United.

But the Primiera Liga Champions may be tempted to sell if a bidding war between the bitter rivals forces Defour’s price high enough.

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