The agent of former Manchester United target Steven Defour has revealed that his client had been promised a move to Tottenham Hotspur, reports the Daily Star.
The Porto midfielder has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with suggestions that he could leave the Primeira Liga giants in the January window.
Anderlecht have been credited with an interest in the Belgium international who also attracted admiring glances from former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Defour was expected to move to Old Trafford in 2009, but the deal broke down after he suffered a broken foot, prompting Ferguson to send a personal letter of sympathy to the player, reassuring him he would continue to monitor his progress.
Now 25, the talented midfielder has again been linked with a switch to the Premier League, but it's Tottenham and Aston Villa - not Manchester United - who are believed to be keen to bring him to England.
With Defour eager to secure his place in Marc Wilmots's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a move to White Hart Lane would perhaps represent the most attractive proposition, particularly after Paul Stefani intimated that he'd been offered the chance to join Tim Sherwood's side in north London.
"Steven will tell his club he wants to leave because he wants to play in the World Cup," he said. "Aston Villa? It can become real.
"There was interest from a few other clubs in England but to say that he may sign there tomorrow? No.
"Anderlecht has been the most concrete from the beginning. They always said they wanted to have Steven.
"Of course Anderlecht has a chance but Steven receives phone calls from other agents who promise him a transfer to Tottenham.
"It is normal that when you hear the name of Tottenham, we want to think."
With Manchester United also on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, David Moyes could do worse than renew interest in the Porto star, four years after he almost joined the Premier League champions.