Fulham FC have been knocked back in their hopes of signing Porto midfielder Steven Defour, according to the Metro.
The bid believed to be in excess of £4million was initially accepted by the Portuguese club, with the 25-year-old Belgium, on the brink of signing for the struggling west London team.
However his agent has since come out and stated that his player will not be moving, due to the sale of Porto captain Lucho Gonzalez to Qatar Sports Club.
His agent Paul Stefani has said: "Steven has to stay at Porto. They sold Lucho Gonzalez and decided that Steven can take his place.
"We had to wait some days to find out what Porto wanted to do and he had a meeting on Saturday night where they informed him of the decision."
Defour has won 41 caps for Belgium, and was part of the Porto side that retained the League title last season.
Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Defour which could explain why former Red Devils coach Rene Meulensteen is keen on bringing the midfielder to Craven Cottage.
Fulham take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday in a game in which the west London outfit have the chance to leapfrog their Premier League counterparts.
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