Sir Alex Ferguson sent letter to Steven Defour in 2009

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Anderlecht have confirmed that midfielder Steven Defour is on his way to Premier League new boys Burnley.

The Belgium international will sign a four-year deal with the Clarets once he has completed a routine medical on Monday.

But did you know that Defour almost joined Manchester United back in 2009? In fact, Sir Alex Ferguson even sent the midfielder a letter, which was leaked online.


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That the letter was made public caused a degree of embarrassment for Ferguson, who was interested in signing the Belgian.

Ferguson sent Defour, aged 21 at the time, a letter wishing him well after he broke a bone in his foot - an injury which ended his chances of securing a January transfer to Old Trafford.

Everton also had a £9 million bid rejected for the player, who was playing his trade for Standard Liege at the time, a couple of months earlier.

Ferguson's letter to Defour

Here’s the letter Fergie sent to Defour…

"I've just heard about your injury and, in the name of Manchester United, I would like to wish you a full and speedy recovery," Ferguson wrote.

"I am sure at the moment you must be feeling awful and that you'll have all kinds of questions.

"Steven, these are natural worries but I have to tell you that modern medicine and treatments are incredible, you have to have confidence in them.

"I'm going to follow your progress closely and I will remain in contact with your club to have news of your recovery."

Defour's journey to Burnley

For whatever reason, Defour never ended up at Old Trafford.

He left Standard Liege in 2011 for FC Porto, where he spent three years before joining Anderlecht.

Now he’s on his way to England to become Burnley’s marquee summer signing.

Defour will replace Joey Barton, who left Turf Moor for Rangers on a free transfer earlier this summer.

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