Burnley transfer blow, shock rivals to gazump them in race for international ace

Burnley’s hopes of snapping up Anderlecht’s Steven Defour have been dealt a blow, with HLN reporting that UAE-based side Al Jazira are ready to hand him a lucrative salary of €3m (£2.6m)-a-year, which is significantly higher than the Clarets are offering.

The 48-cap Belgium international has emerged as a target for the Turf Moor side in recent weeks as they gear up for their Premier League comeback.

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Sean Dyche’s men have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, with Jon Flanagan’s arrival on loan from Liverpool, arguably, their most high-profile addition.

And it seems that they may miss out on Defour, with reports claiming that Al Jazira’s offer is far more lucrative than the one they’re putting forward.

It’s understood that the Middle Eastern outfit are willing to pay the 28-year-old £2.6m-per-year (roughly £50,000-a-week), which gazumps the €1.8m (£1.6m)-per-year (around £30,000-a-week) Burnley have offered him.

Defour himself is eager to leave Anderlecht, who will sell for a fee of €7m (£6m).

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