Steven Defour's agent has revealed that Manchester United are still interested in acquiring the player's services.

The talented Belgian midfielder has emerged as a target for Russian side Spartak Moscow, according to talkSPORT, but agent Paul Stefani has claimed that a number of clubs in Italy are also keen on the £15 million-rated Standard Liege skipper.

Sir Alex Ferguson's interest in the 23-year-old goes back some years, with the Scottish boss even writing the player a letter confirming the Red Devils would be back to take a look at him after recovering from a serious foot injury in 2009.

"Manchester United? Ferguson admires him very much and when the player was injured he sent a letter to him as encouragement," Stefani told

"His brother (Martin Ferguson) came to see him twice after he recovered from injury."


Stafani wouldn't be drawn on which club his client would prefer a move too, although admitted it would be difficult for any player to turn down the opportunity of playing for Manchester United.

"A preference? Who would not like to play for a club like Manchester United, but Juventus and AC Milan are also great teams. He has no preference."

With veteran midfielder Paul Scholes retiring this summer, Ferguson is in the market for a central midfielder, with Defour, Wesley Sneijder and Javier Pastore all thought to be on the radar.

Phil Jones and Ashley Young are already thought to be on their way to the club, with the former undertaking a medical on Wednesday night, according to reports.

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