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Everton to fight for Pienaar

2012-05-14 21:06

Johannesburg - Everton announced on Monday they would be out to sign Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar on a more permanent basis as a matter of priority.

This was revealed by Everton manager David Moyes soon after Everton completed a successful English Premier League (EPL) campaign by beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Sunday, finishing ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the log table.

Pienaar is currently on loan to the Toffees from Tottenham Hotspur, and scored one of the three goals against Newcastle on the last day of the season.

Moyes outlined the club's plans for the 2012/13 season and said that the first order of business would be to secure the transfer of Pienaar from Tottenham Hotspur.

"We now have a potent goal-scoring striker in Nikica Jelavic, around whom the team will be built next season," he said.

"If anything, we need another inventive player in midfield to link up with Pienaar and provide the service Jelavic will require.

"Losing Steven, in the circumstances, would hardly fit in with our planning."

The Bafana captain transferred to Spurs from Everton 18 months ago, but had an unsuccessful stint with the North London club and spent a frustrating first half of the season playing from the bench.

Unhappy with the situation and seeking playing time, Pienaar's management persuaded Spurs to allow him to return to Everton on loan for the remainder of the season, resulting in a return to form for the South African.

However, while Everton have confirmed their desire to sign Pienaar on a more permanent basis, Spurs are yet to negotiate a transfer fee.

Spurs paid Everton R30 million for Pienaar and with the South African captain on a three-year contract with the London outfit, it is expected that a similar amount will be required to secure the player's return.

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Comments
  • Mlungisi Mazibuko - 2012-05-14 22:19

    schillo plz stay at everton, becouse if you go back to spurs you'll seat on the bench again

  • kgomotso.motetsoe - 2012-05-14 22:49

    happy 4 steve nd im realy behind you brother as my fellow country man,keep up the good work. pls focus,discipline and do 110%% on training all time.All de best

  • Waseem - 2012-05-15 00:36

    well deserved

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-15 06:35

    Man City must be grateful to Pienaar for scoring the last goal in the 4-4 thriller against Man U. He basically swayed the title challenge towards City. Thanks Pienaar

  • Gunner - 2012-05-15 07:21

    Moyes must get this right for him to challenge for europe next season....Stevie P, Jelavic and a better start to the season will take them close to that

  • Itumeleng - 2012-05-15 07:54

    They better, before the Toffees destroy his excellent skills.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-15 09:05

      Point of correction my friend, Everton are the toffees and Tottenham are Spurs. I agree with u though, i hope Spurs let him be.

      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-15 09:05

      Point of correction my friend, Everton are the toffees and Tottenham are Spurs. I agree with u though, i hope Spurs let him be.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-15 09:09

    Steven P is one of the best players in the EPL. the unfortunate thng for him is that he is South African, thus less value is put into his contribution by Spurs. Had he been Brazilian, Spanish, French etc he wudv bn givn more game nd praise. FACT

      liam.groome - 2012-05-15 10:07

      How is less value accorded to him for being South African? So your theory is that Redknapp didn't play him because the coaching staff all sat in a huddle and said "No, not him. He's South African". Just because you may attribute lower status to being South African doesn't mean the rest of the world does. He's a great player. But, go look at the difference in competition for positions between Spurs and Everton. To blame his lack of game time and status on the fact that he is South African is simply naive.

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