Agent dashes Fergie, Wenger and Hodgson’s transfer hopes

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The agent of Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour has ruled out a move to the Barclays Premier League until at least the summer.

The Belgian has been linked to clubs in England for a long time and was hoping for a move in January but has now been hit with a fresh injury blow, having been ruled out for three months.

Manchester United are known admirers of Defour and Arsenal are also in the hunt as they continue to look for replacements for skipper Cesc Fabregas, who seems Barcelona-bound.

Liverpool were also thought to have declared their interest in making Defour a part of Roy Hodgson’s Anfield revolution but central midfield is not one of Liverpool’s main priorities in January.

With continued rumours of a move next month, Defour’s agent Paul Stefani categorically ruled that out, telling “No, no it’s impossible. A January move is impossible.”

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has chased the 22-year-old for a number of years now and was close to signing him in 2009.

Defour then broke his leg at the start of last season, prompting Fergie to write a letter reassuring him he will follow the midfielder’s progress.

With Defour back on form this year, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had reportedly joined the race to sign him.

The Gunners know it is only a matter of time before Fabregas leaves the Emirates Stadium and feel Defour would be the perfect replacement.

However, it now looks like the injury will force him to stay with Standard until the end of the season and disappoint Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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