Burnley unveil record signing

Steven Defour has signed in at Turf Moor. Photo: Burnley Football Club
Steven Defour has signed in at Turf Moor. Photo: Burnley Football Club

Record signing Steven Defour is hoping to help the Clarets stay in the Premier League.

The Belgian international midfielder has finally secured a club record €8.5m move to Turf Moor from Anderlecht on a three-year deal with a year option.

Defour, capped 46 times for his country, won the domestic league title twice during his time at Standard Liege, and played Champions League football with Porto, winning the Portuguese title twice, before joining Anderlecht.

And the Belgian midfielder is delighted to have the opportunity to prove himself in the top-flight on 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.