Porto midfielder Steven Defour is keen on a move to Tottenham, according to his agent.

The Belgian playmaker has been the subject of much interest of late, with Aston Villa and Anderlecht two of a number of clubs thought to be chasing his signature.

Spurs have also been linked with the midfielder, as Tim Sherwood continues to scour the market to make additions to his inherited squad.

Some reports have suggested that a move back to his homeland from Porto is on the cards for Defour, but the player’s agent, Paul Stefani, claims that a move to White Hart Lane has been “promised”:

“Steven will tell his club he wants to leave because he wants to play in the World Cup,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.

“Aston Villa? It can become real. There was interest from a few other clubs in England but to say that he may sign there tomorrow? No.

“Anderlecht has been the most concrete from the beginning. They always said they wanted to have Steven.

“Of course Anderlecht has a chance but Steven receives phone calls from other agents who promise him a transfer to Tottenham.

“It is normal that when you hear the name of Tottenham, we want to think.”

Sherwood is said to be keen to bring in players more suited to his style of play after taking over the club following Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking.

He is likely to have to do this on a budget, with the London side having spent in excess of £100m during the last window.

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