Burnley sign Belgian playmaker Defour in record-breaking deal

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Burnley have signed Belgian playmaker Steven Defour from RSC Anderlecht in a record-breaking $9.7 million deal for the club.

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Defour, 28, has signed a three-year contract with the Clarets and the Belgian international brings a wealth of his experience with him to the Premier League.

Sean Dyche‘s men toiled on the opening day of the season but lost 1-0 to Swansea City as a lack of creativity in the final third was evident.

Speaking about his move to Turf Moor, Defour revealed it felt like the right move at the right time.

“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League,” Defour said. “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.”

The Lancashire club have a notoriously tight budget but the fact that they can attract a Belgian international midfielder who has won 46 caps for his country, played in the UEFA Champions League and won four league titles across spells with Standard Liege and FC Porto proves how everyone is benefiting from the improved finances on offer to clubs in the PL from the new TV deal, sponsorship and everything else in-between.

With Sam Vokes and the promising Andre Gray in attack, Defour will become the creative hub of Burnley as they newly-promoted aim to do something they haven’t done in their two previous campaigns in the PL: survive.

Dyche has now signed four new players to add to the squad which won the Championship title last season to gain promotion to the PL. Defour joins Icelandic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson, goalkeeper Tom Pope and Liverpool left back Jon Flanagan on loan.