Standard Liege Rejected Everton's Bid For Me - Steven Defour

Standard Liege have turned down an offer from Everton for their impressive midfielder Steven Defour...
Steven Defour has been subject of much transfer speculation recently, telling the Belgian press that Standard Liege have already rejected a bid from Premier League outfit Everton for his services.

"How high was the bid? I do not know, you would need to ask Luciano D'Onofrio [Standard Liege vice-president] that question," Defour told Het Laatste Nieuws.

For now I wait quietly, I feel good at Standard, especially now we are in the Champions League."

Everton are not alone in tracking Defour, with Aston Villa and Liverpool both monitoring his situation, but it now appears that the Toffees have taken the initiative and moved to the head of the queue.

Despite Defour's admission that he is happy at Standard, he also added that a move abroad would appeal to him.

I would be ready to move abroad, but the transfer will come when all parties are happy," he said.

With a
€15m (£12.6m) asking price, Defour will not come cheap. Everton have shown they are prepared to pay big money should the need arise, however, forking out a similar price for Marouane Fellaini from Standard last year.

Anthony Wright,