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Ruiz on Anderlecht´s radar

18 December 2013 17:25

Anderlecht have revealed they are interested in Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz if a move for Porto midfielder Steven Defour does not materialise.

Costa Rica international Ruiz had a spell with Gent and was quoted this week as saying he would consider a return to Belgium.

The 28-year-old former Twente man has been restricted to substitute appearances in Fulham's last four Premier League games and is eager for more playing time ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.

Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck confirmed Ruiz is on the Belgian Pro League club's list of targets, but Defour tops their wishlist.

He told Het Laatste Nieuws: "He is on our list. Ruiz is a good player, but not our first choice,

"I have a plan A, a plan B and a plan C and I'm happy my plan A hasn't been leaked yet.

"Of course we know Ruiz's qualities. We have made a list of players who will go to the World Cup, but aren't playing regularly. Ruiz is on it, but so are others."

Van Holsbeeck hopes the offer of first-team football will lure Belgium international Defour back to his homeland.

He added: "Anderlecht will be a good option for him.

"Let's say he joins Fulham, then he will have to settle again.

"At Anderlecht he will be the star. If he wants to be sure of his place in the Belgian World Cup squad, then we are a perfect option. Steven is an intelligent guy. I think he knows this."

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