Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly in the race to sign Steven Defour, but the pair will have to wait until the summer to secure a deal.

The Belgian international midfielder suffered a leg break earlier in his career, and his currently recovering from a further injury setback. That hasn't stopped new Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish taking an interest in the player though.

22-year-old Defour has been monitored by the Anfield outfit for 18 months now, although Liverpool have been dealt a blow with news that they can't make a move until the summer.

Arsenal have reportedly 'entered the race' to land the player too, with Emirates chief Arsene Wenger ready to take on his Barclays Premier League rivals for the player.

The Gunners were also thought to be keen on signing the player this month originally, but the player's agent has spoken specifically about the interest from Arsenal and hinted that they will still be interested at the end of the season.

“At this moment I don’t know what the situation is with any moves for Steven in January. The problem is he is still injured,” Paul Stefani exclusively told Sport.co.uk.

“I don’t think it is possible that Mr. Wenger is saying he wants him now, a deal in January is impossible. I have heard nothing of any approaches."

Defour has impressed for Standard Liege since joining the club as a teenager in 2006, and interest from a strong of clubs across Europe began almost immediately as he broke into the first team. Liverpool were one of the first teams to be linked.

Damien Comolli, director of football strategy for Liverpool, is also thought to be keen on the player and will agree to allow some of the club's transfer funds to be spent on the player in June.

Arsenal also have money to spend following the announcement of bumper profits in north London, and the €12 million valuation is not thought to be an issue.

Manchester United chief Sir Alex Ferguson is also thought to be interested in the player, and the Old Trafford outfit could add a third dimension to the transfer tussle that is set to take place between Liverpool and Arsenal in the summer.

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