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Burnley signs Defour for club-record fee

Premier League newcomers Burnley has signed Belgian international Steven Defour for a club-record £7.35 million from Anderlecht.

The 28-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year deal with the Clarets. Defour spent the two past seasons with Anderlecht in the Belgian league after spending two years in Portugal with FC Porto. He’s been capped 46 times by the Belgian national team.

“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League,” Defour told the club’s official website.

“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.

“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.”

Burnley 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.”

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