Burnley Football Club is delighted to finally announce the signing of Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour from RSC Anderlecht for a club-record undisclosed fee.
After receiving the signed transfer agreement today, and subject to international clearance, the 28-year-old has agreed a three-year deal and becomes the Clarets’ fourth signing of the summer.
Born in Mechelen, Defour comes with a sizeable pedigree, having been capped 46 times for Belgium and winning the domestic league title twice during his time at Standard Liege.
During his time at Porto, he also won the Portuguese title on two occasions before making the switch back to his homeland with Anderlecht.
And the Belgian midfielder is delighted to have the opportunity to prove himself in the top-flight in English football.
He said: “I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League.
“I’m looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that.
“It is a new challenge for me, but I like that.”
Defour, who has been a summer-long target for the Clarets, added: “It has been a long few weeks, but I am very happy to be here.
“When I knew that Burnley was interested, I took some time to look into the club and I saw some interesting stuff.
“I also called a friend of mine who plays at Brentford and he told me Burnley was the best team in the Championship and that it would be a really good choice for me.”
Manager Sean Dyche added: “Steven was a target of ours and it’s been a hard deal to do, but we got there in the end.
“He’s a good player with a depth of experience at international level and also Champions League.
“Steven is new to the Premier League but has a real thirst and desire to be successful in this campaign.”
Defour will wear number 16 at Turf Moor, and Clarets Player HD subscribers can now view the first interview with the Clarets’ record signing.
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