Spartak Moscow to raid Standard Liege for Steven Defour should Demy de Zeeuw move fail – RPL news
Spartak Moscow are lining up a deal for Steven Defour despite news suggesting that the Belgian international put pen to paper on a five-year contract extension at standard liege. Reports suggest that the Russian club are poised to sign the wonderkid, who
is currently the captain at standard liege.
Steven Defour is regarded as a hot property in Europe despite being just 23 years of age. He started his career from a Belgian professional football club based in Mechelen. Owing much to the club’s poor financial condition, certain players were forced into
transfers and Defour was one of them. He, then, joined standard liege in 2006. In spite of his tender age, the youngster was given the captain’s armband at 19 years of age. He received the golden shoe in the following season and won the most valuable player
award in the 2007/08 season.
Steven Defour has been a long term target of Manchester united, and recently Liverpool director of strategy, Damien Comolli, tried to lure him away from the Belgian league. But the Belgian international did not see first team prospects at Anfield and hence,
decided against moving away from Standard Liege. The player then signed a contract extension that will keep him at standard liege until 2016.
Defour’s potential, performance, movement and vision had forced Sir Alex Ferguson to personally write him a letter wishing him a speedy recovery when the player broke his foot in 2009. This clearly shows that Europe’s elite have been monitoring the 23-year-old,
tracking his development with a keen eye.
As things stand, Spartak Moscow are eight in the Russian premier league, while they finished fourth in the last season. Their league finish won them a ticket to UEFA Europa League but the club missed out on esteemed UEFA Champions League action. Spartak
Moscow are in the market for Ajax Amsterdam defensive midfielder, Demy de Zeeuw. De Zeeuw in the Dutch national team what lost the 2010 World Cup final to Spain in 2010. Furthermore, he has won two Eredivisie titles with AZ Alkmaar (2008/09) and Ajax (2010/11).
Should the Russians be priced out of a transfer, they will turn their attention to Defour.
Spartak Moscow are desperate to land some silverware in the ongoing season after finishing runner-ups on four occasions since the inception of the Russian Premier League in 2001. The manager at Spartak, Valery Karpin, has identified Defour as a perfect anchor
in the midfield who will provide the midfielders, Yevgeni Makeyev and the underperforming Fyodor Kudryashov, with a chance to go forward and support the forwards, Artem Dzyuba and Ari. His arrival will boost the attacking capability of the team to a much needed