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Liverpool target rules out Manchester deal

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The agent of Belgium midfielder Steven Defour has admitted there is interest from a number of English teams in his client but has denied Manchester United being close to agreeing a deal.

Defour is currently one of the most exciting prospects in Europe and has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe for a few years and it looks like that interest is close to being followed up on.

Rumours circled last year that Manchester United were trailing the Standard Liege ace after it emerged Sir Alex Ferguson had written a letter to Defour wishing him a speedy recovery from a serious injury picked up.

And, with the January transfer window creeping up on us, the speculation has started to gather pace, with Liverpool now being linked, as well as a host of European heavyweights.

Roy Hodgson is currently plotting his Anfield revival, after Liverpool started the season poorly, and has admitted to wanting to bring some ‘£20 million players’ in.

And, with new owner John W Henry insisting the club will not be splashing the cash on older players, the 22-year-old is likely to be on the Anfield wishlist.

Liverpool’s cause will be aided by comments made recently by Ferguson suggesting Manchester United will not be bringing anyone to Old Trafford in the upcoming window.

And Defour’s agent, Paul Stefani, has ruled out the possibility of his client agreeing a deal with the Red Devils already.

“An imminent agreement with Manchester United? I can confirm there are informal contacts with Italian, English, French, German and Spanish clubs, but nothing that suggests an imminent closure in a negotiation," he told Calciomercatoweb.

"Still there's not anything concrete so I cannot make names, I confirm that the player is followed by some big clubs.

"A departure in January? It's too early to tell about it, this depends on many things.”

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