United on alert as Defour’s move stalls

Manchester United have been put on red alert after it emerged that Steven Defour’s proposed move to Lokomotiv Moscow has stalled as his current employers Standard Liege hold out for a higher fee.

According to reports in Russia, the midfielder, who has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton in the past, has a £11m release clause in his contract with the Belgian side unwilling to do business for any less than the full amount.

Early reports have claimed that Lokomotiv were closing in on an £8m deal for the 23-year-old, who is under contract until 2016 however that is now not believed to be the case.

Despite the two clubs remaining in negotiations over the fee, the door has now been left ajar for other side’s to launch a last-ditch bid.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a keen admirer of the player and famously wrote to the Belgian international as he recovered from a broken leg. The Scot has kept tabs on the player since and could now make his move as the he seeks a replacement for Paul Scholes who retired at the end of this season.

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