Last Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:41
Steven Defour's agent claims Aston Villa could move imminently for the midfielder after he made it clear that he wants to leave Porto.
The Belgium international has found his first team opportunities limited in Portugal this season, making just six starts, and is eager to move on in the search for more game time.
The 25-year-old is concerned about his place in Belgium's World Cup squad and as such could return to his homeland to secure a place on the plane to Brazil, with Anderlecht having made their interest known.
His agent Paul Stefani says that while Anderlecht are leading the race for his client's signature he expects Aston Villa to make a move for the central midfielder shortly.
"He will tell Porto he wants to leave the club. Porto don't want to sell him and consider him as a player for the future, but with the upcoming World Cup, Steven has to play more games," Stefani is quoted by La Deniere Heure.
"To say Anderlecht is not Steven's first choice is wrong. We get a lot of phone calls from agents who promise they can bring Steven to the Premier League," he said.
"For example, an agent telling us Tottenham is interested. So, it's logical we'll wait a little longer to make a decision when we hear Tottenham. But I haven't heard anything of them yet.
"Aston Villa's interest may become imminent, but the interest of Anderlecht is the most concrete since the beginning. They have always said they really want Steven."
Villa boss Paul Lambert has made bringing in a creative midfielder his priority this month and, with talk of a move for Norwich number 10 Wes Hoolahan having gone cold, he may now move for Defour instead.
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