Rovers may lose out on Witsel

The Portuguese giants have also joined the chase and are hopeful of

securing his signature. Rovers are understood to have been pursuing

the highly-rated 22-year-old for a number of weeks, and it is

believed they were confident of clinching Witsel’s signature –

which would have been a huge coup for Steve Kean. However, Benfica

have now entered the frame for Witsel’s signature. Reports in

Portugal claim they are now favourites to land the Witsel – rated

as one of the best young midfielders in Europe. Witsel’s Standard

team-mate Steven Defour – who has previously been linked with a

move to England himself – is also being linked with a move to

Portugal. Sporting Lisbon are understood to be keen, although

Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow are reportedly favourites to land

him.