Liverpool and Manchester United remain interested in Belgian international midfielder Steven Defour, according to Sport.co.uk.
The Standard Liege full back has been a long-term target of both Barclays Premier League clubs, but has signed a new five-year deal at the Stade Maurice Dufrasne that is set to keep him at the club until 2016.
However, Sport.co.uk understands that neither Kenny Dalglish or Sir Alex Ferguson have given up hope of signing the player in the future as the 23-year-old star continues to impress in his homeland.
“Well Steven has signed a new five-year deal at Standard Liege.” Paul Stefani told Sport.co.uk.
“All we are now concentrating on is Steven being fit to play. He looks set to start on Saturday and is great news that the club have been good to him and offered him a five-year-deal.
“The club have a lot of confidence in him and they have been brilliant. I don’t know anything about Liverpool and Manchester United as we are only focused on him being fit. In the future…who knows?”
Damien Comolli, director of football at Anfield, is a known admirer of the player. Both he and Kenny Dalglish are interested in bringing the player to Merseyside, and Liverpool have reportedly requested to keep receiving information over any future developments.
Manchester United have been linked with the player for several summers, dating back to when Ferguson wrote the player a letter following a leg break to reassure Defour that the Red Devils would remain in contact and monitor the situation.
That appears to have been the case, with the Old Trafford outfit remaining interested in the player. With Douglas Costa, Ashley Young and Yann M'Vila also thought to be on the Manchester United radar, Ferguson appears to be lining-up a potential Paul Scholes replacement.
Liverpool are also courting midfielders, with Young, Joey Barton and Eden Hazard all thought to be on the club's summer wish list.
While it appears Defour will be staying in his homeland this summer, the long-term future is up for speculation and both United and Liverpool will be keeping an eye on the situation.