Steve Defour’s agent cools Manchester United talk

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The agent of in-demand Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour has played down talk of Manchester United being close to agreeing a deal to sign his client as early as January.

The22-year-old Belgium international is on the wanted lists of a number of top clubs across Europe, but agent Paul Stefani says that no deal is close at hand.

He told Calciomercato.it:"An imminent agreement with Manchester United?

"I can confirm that there are informal contacts with Italian, English, French, German and Spanish clubs, but nothing that suggests an imminent closure in a negotiation.

"Still there's not anything concrete, so I cannot make names – I confirm that the player is followed by some big clubs.

"A departure in January? It's too early to tell about that, this depends on many things."

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