You would have to be blind or be living in an igloo not to have come across the rumours in the press linking Belgium International Steven Defour with a move to Aston Villa.
The 25-year-old is said to be on Paul Lambert’s radar, according to the player’s agent, and with the out of favour Porto midfielder interested in a move to the Premiership, surely it should be a straight forward procedure. Right?
Well, I have my doubts for a few different reasons.
First and foremost, signing Defour would be going completely against Paul Lambert’s transfer policy so far. He wouldn’t be cheap and although I couldn’t tell you what wage he is being paid I doubt it is pocket change: this is a player who is a full international and has won four titles in the past six seasons with Porto and Standard Liege.
Secondly, I can’t help but think the comments made by his agent, Paul Stefani, are nothing more than a smokescreen to entice more interest from other clubs.
“Aston Villa have let it be known that they are interested in Defour. It is not yet concrete, and it is the same story for other clubs that I can’t name.
Steven is certainly open to joining an attractive club on condition that they offer him more playing time than he has at present.
He’s not unhappy at Porto but he needs to be playing regularly with an eye on the World Cup.”
The Villa boss was supposedly extremely interested in French international Younès Belhanda in the summer, with the player even reportedly stating that he would love a move to Villa Park only for, once again, it to be a smokescreen – with the attacking midfielder joining Ukranian side FC Dynamo Kyiv.
I would also like to ask his agent why he feels it is acceptable to name Aston Villa but not other clubs. Villa are well known for keeping their cards very close to their chest.
Why it would be a good move
If there is any truth in this deal, then I believe it could be a really good move for both Villa and the player himself.
Villa need a midfield enforcer who can command the middle of the park and this is exactly the type of player Steven Defour is. Although he won’t come cheap, he wont be too expensive either.
Defour, who has made forty-two appearances for Belgium, has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premiership, joining the ever-growing number of Belgian players in our division.
He would also be teaming up with Belgium team-mate Christian Benteke so he would have done his homework before signing on the dotted line.
Only those close to Aston Villa, the agent and Defour himself will know just how much truth there is in this story so don’t believe too much until you see him at Villa Park having signed on the dotted line.